Since the dawn of the smartphone, humans have been unwillingly enrolled in a novel experiment to see what happens when solitude and leisure are replaced with notifications and the never-ending scroll. What started as a way to connect with friends has mutated into widespread compulsive behavior.
Why do intelligent people do stupid things? And how can greater knowledge make us more prone to error than the average person?
Approximately half of all people in the developed world are addicted to something - and for most these can be classified as behavioral addictions. Common behavioral addictions take the form of email, social media, and binge-watching episodes.
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise | by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool Summary No matter the domain, to improve one must practice. Yet it's not as simple as putting in 10,000 hours. This practice should be purposeful and deliberate, meaning there are well-defined goals and great attention paid to catching and fixing … Continue reading Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise [Book Notes]
Providing online teaching and tutoring to smaller groups of students is a far better bet than trying to recreate a classroom community from scratch.
How can teachers best develop self-directed learners? Why does learning how to learn matter now more than ever? Self-directed learning is something of a mystery in education. We all want students to develop a deeper, lifelong interest in learning. Yet clear answers on how to do this are hard to come by. On one end … Continue reading Self-Directed Learning that Works: Teaching the Science of Learning
Ultralearning | by Scott Young Summary Learning new skills and upgrading on-the-job have become more necessary than ever. Yet the cost of education continues to skyrocket. Ultralearning is an aggressive approach to self-directed learning that can be used to accelerate a career, transition into a new career, or seek out a hidden advantage in a … Continue reading Ultralearning by Scott Young [Book Notes]
The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World | by Adam Gazzaley and Larry Rosen Summary Humans exist in the tension between intention and action. Unfortunately, the digital age is only making it harder to follow through on our intentions. Constantly-connected smartphones interfere with our goal-setting abilities and allow increasing amounts of task-switching. The … Continue reading The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World by Adam Gazzaley and Larry Rosen [Book Notes]
Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World| by Maryanne Wolf Summary Humankind's best complement and salve to the digital age is the reading brain whose circuits developed over the past 6,000 years. The human reading brain led to the emergence of cognitive patience, which shapes the quality of our thought and depth … Continue reading Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World by Maryanne Wolf [Book Notes]
Indistractable: How to control your attention and choose your life| by Nir Eyal Summary There will be two kinds of people going forward – those who allow their attention (and lives) to be controlled by others, and those who are “indistractable.” Distraction is a desire to relieve discomfort driven by both internal and external triggers. … Continue reading Indistractable: How to control your attention and choose your life by Nir Eyal [Book Notes]