learning responsibly

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy – via @AdriaanG_LP

@Tom_Peters: “Presidents rarely get good advice. Every “presenter” presents a totally biased solution–often suppressing competing evidence.”

@DonaldClark: Unified theory of ‘learning’ emerges – and it’s mind blowing

“The idea is that learned behavior, and not just environment and genes, influences the direction and rate of the evolution of psychological and physical traits. The mind is a learning machine and it is the various aspects of this ability to ‘learn’ that may have had driven evolution and our success as a species. The Baldwin Effect places ‘learning’ on a larger theoretical canvas, lying at the heart of evolutionary theory. It is no longer just a cognitive ability, albeit a complex one, with many different systems of memory, but a feature that defines the very success of our species.”

Informal knowledge sharing alone will create employable workforces – via @C4LPT [I can’t really disagree with this]

“For a company to thrive, it must create a culture where knowledge is actively shared between employees, partners and customers. This mostly comes from informal learning, which can include everything from social interactions both online and offline and curated insights from various sites and key influencers that are personalized to each individual’s interest-graph.”

Elon Musk on how to build knowledge – via @AndreaKuszewski

How do you learn so much so fast? Lots of people read books and talk to other smart people, but you’ve taken it to a whole new level.

Musk: I do kinda feel like my head is full! My context switching penalty is high and my process isolation is not what it used to be.

Frankly, though, I think most people can learn a lot more than they think they can. They sell themselves short without trying.

One bit of advice: it is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree — make sure you understand the fundamental principles, ie the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.

Coopération : la technologie renforce le naturel

“Jacques Lecomte insiste sur ce point : “nous sommes prédisposés pour l’entraide, mais non programmés pour cela”. Les travaux de Robert Axelrod, notamment The evolution of cooperation, ont d’ailleurs bien montré l’influence du milieu sur l’apparition et la diffusion de comportements coopératifs.”

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