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Critical Thinking 101: Understanding Mutual Exclusion

November 3, 2011

(…or, Why The Drive-Through Habit Portends Terrible Critical Thinking) Since I teach high school students all over the United States, it’s pretty noticeable when they’re uniformly unfamiliar with something. For almost ten years I’ve been explaining to students from Boca to Toronto to Palm Springs the same term. I mean, every time it comes up [...]

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The Evolution of Smarter Search: A Convo With Stefan Weitz

September 21, 2011

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Dan Brown’s Open Letter to Educators

May 2, 2011

Let’s get real here. I write a blog called Stay Out of School. Why? Years ago, as a recent college graduate, I read David Mamet’s admonition to actors to avoid graduate school in his book True and False. I use the title just as much to be provocative as to sound the alarm about the [...]

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The Artist Interviews: Baratunde Thurston, Comedian and Writer

April 18, 2011

Baratunde Thurston is a comedian, author and vigilante pundit who successfully combines technology, politics and comedy. He co-founded the black political blog, Jack & Jill Politics in the summer of 2006, hosted Popular Science’s Future Of on Science Channel, and works as the Director of Digital at The Onion. Baratunde has contributed to Vanity Fair, The UK [...]

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Pursuing Credible Ideas: Think Critically

March 29, 2011

This past week I told my story about publishing my first book and contracting my second, talked a bit about self-publishing and the value of gatekeepers, and then looked at The Domino Project as a bit of a case study about gatekeeping. For as many people who responded enthusiastically, I also managed to tick a [...]

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Domino Project: It’s Gatekeeping

March 24, 2011

Well, I’m sure we’ll step in it with this, but whatever. I’m poking the box. I probably have to find a bunker somewhere for doing so. After I told my personal publishing story, last time we talked about self publishing and gatekeepers and how gate keepers are an important part of how we find ideas. [...]

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The Jam Experiment: On Choice

July 15, 2010

I talk a lot about The Jam Experiment. Now, stop me if you’ve heard this one, because this is not BREAKING NEWS. In fact, the results of this particular study were released ten years ago by some students at my neighborhood academic institution, Columbia University. The Jam Experiment (officially titled “When Choice is Demotivating: Can [...]

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Critical Thinking: What Is It, Anyway?

June 13, 2010

As much as we hear about bringing creativity to classroom and business, we hear even more about teaching and using critical thinking skills. Since we’re prone to throwing terminology, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page about critical thinking and what it entails. First, let’s parse out the difference between thinking and critical [...]

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On Jargon

May 23, 2010

Jargon. It’s the ultimate hiding place. Usually, if you’re using jargon to talk about something, you’re very likely coating a very small piece of meat in a thick layer of batter. The ACME Plunger Corporation exists to synergize air pressure and human force to facilitate and champion the clearing of all manner of pipes, passageways, [...]

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Jazz and Fundamentals, Part 3: Improvisation

May 15, 2010

You’ve got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail. —Charlie Parker It’s often suggested that, with the evolution of technology and accessibility of information, we don’t really need to memorize fundamentals anymore. Why not outsource them? [...]

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