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Do You Need Self-Discipline to Have Fun?

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:07:11 +0000

Hedonism is a school of thought that says maximizing one’s own pleasure is the ultimate goal in life. Originally stated by Aristippus, a student of Socrates, the term has become pejorative, usually referring to people who indulge excessively in sensory pleasures of food, drugs or sex. Most people don’t take hedonism seriously, or directly try […]



How Much Do You Really Understand?

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:48:19 +0000

How do you know when you understand something? This is trickier than it seems. Explanations are recursive. recursive. Recursion is the algorithmic equivalent of Matryoshka dolls. The same process nested inside itself again and again. This may sound complicated, but we use recursive processes all the time. recursive processes all the time. Consider trying to […]



The Essential Education: If You Had Ten Years to Learn Anything, What Would You Do?

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:34:48 +0000

I can remember years ago having a discussion with someone about the purpose of college. I was arguing that university often doesn’t do a good job of preparing young people for the world of work, and my friend was arguing that I was missing the point. College isn’t about economic preparedness, but about educating people […]



Multiply or Add?

Tue, 30 May 2017 16:21:06 +0000

One of the most influential essays for me in starting a business, was this early article by Steve Pavlina. In the essay, he argues that building a successful company comes from a combination of factors (product quality, market demand, sales copy, etc.): “And let’s say that for each factor there is a range of effectiveness […]



Book Club: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (June 2017)

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:14:37 +0000

I like to read a lot of books. But, if you’re like me, you often find that you read a book that sparks a lot of interesting ideas, hoping to discuss it with your friends, and find that you can’t find many people who have read the same books as you. That’s why I’m starting […]



New Project: Level Up Korean with Five Hours Per Week

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:13:09 +0000

One of the most important variables in any learning project is simply how much time you devote. Devoting fifty hours per week is going to have much faster progress than fifty minutes each week. This should be obvious. However, when evaluating the success of others, this factor of hourly time investment is often ignored. People […]



Should You Listen to Music While Studying, The Pi Model and Learning How to Learn w/ Dr. Barbara Oakley

Tue, 09 May 2017 20:12:55 +0000

I recently interviewed Dr. Barbara Oakley, the author of Mindshift, A Mind for Numbers and co-instructor for Learning How to Learn, the most popular online course of all time. We talked about a number of interesting topics on how to learn effectively, pulled from the research for her new book. Here are some interesting bits: […]



Chaos, Ignorance and Newton’s Great Puzzle

Wed, 03 May 2017 18:19:13 +0000

This is chaos: Chaos theory is an investigation into mathematical and physical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions. The simulated three-pendulum systems above only differ in the tiniest way from each other, yet, after a few seconds, they are all wildly divergent in their movements. I’ve grown to prefer the word “chaos” to […]


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The most common misconception about learning

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:34:14 +0000

The following articles was the first lesson in a lesson series for the Rapid Learner course. The course is now closed for registrations for this session. If you would like more information on the next session, please join the waiting list. Where Learners Think Learning Happens: Watching, Listening and Reading Say you have the option […]



Want to Learn History? Read Biographies, Not History Books

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:57:32 +0000

History is a powerful subject. Knowing the past allows you to understand the present. Understanding history overcomes the myopia of our limited lifetimes. History shows us alternative points of view and can show that our own perspectives are often parochial and arbitrary. But history is often a hard subject to learn. Few subjects have as […]