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7 Obstacles Keeping You From Change

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Learning isn't done through memorization or new knowledge - it's in your actions every day. Here's how you might be standing in your own way.


Transformation requires another level--a capacity to act - but obstacles will get in the way. The good news is you can maneuver around them. 


Here are seven potential pitfalls to change and the mindset you’ll need to plow through them.

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As Technology Gets Better, Will Society Get Worse?

As Technology Gets Better, Will Society Get Worse? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Imagine that two people are carving a six-foot slab of wood at the same time. One is using a hand-chisel, the other, a chainsaw. If you are interested in the future of that slab, whom would you watch?


This chainsaw/chisel logic has led some to suggest that technological evolution is more important to humanity’s near future than biological evolution; nowadays, it is not the biological chisel but the technological chainsaw that is most quickly redefining what it means to be human. The devices we use change the way we live much faster than any contest among genes.


The problem with technological evolution is that it is under our control, and we don’t always make the best decisions.

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Social scientists build case for 'survival of the kindest'

Social scientists build case for 'survival of the kindest' | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Researchers are challenging long-held beliefs that human beings are wired to be selfish. In a wide range of studies, social scientists are amassing a growing body of evidence to show we are evolving to become more compassionate and collaborative in our quest to survive and thrive.


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How to Train Your Mind to Think Critically and Form Your Own Opinions

How to Train Your Mind to Think Critically and Form Your Own Opinions | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Critical Thinking may sound like an obnoxious buzzword from liberal arts schools, but it's actually a useful skill. Critical thinking just means absorbing important information and using that to form a decision or opinion of your own - rather than just spouting off what you hear others say. This doesn't always come naturally to us, but luckily, it's something you can train yourself to do better.


Critical thinking doesn't end. The more knowledge you cultivate, the better you'll become at thinking about it. It's navel gazing in that you're constantly thinking about thinking, but the end result is a brain that automatically forms better arguments, focused ideas, and creative solutions to problems.



Via Gust MEES, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Brent MacKinnon's curator insight, February 9, 2014 8:18 AM

A very practical description with examples of ways to become better in your critical thinking. A good primer for sense making as part of the PKM framework.

Terry Doherty's curator insight, February 15, 2014 8:00 PM

"Navel gazing." I haven't heard that term in ages ... and don't do it near enough.

 

Todd Bratcher's curator insight, February 18, 2014 6:46 PM

Critical thinking means to ask questions that need to be asked. it involves finding the significance in every piece of information you come across and formulating opinions and plans of action. You have to ask the tough questions and the best one to start with is "Why?" Critical thinking is about being curious and allowing your sense of curiosity to follow the "why".Often times following the why will lead to finding the truths and finding lies. Critical thinking is also about honing in ones BS detector. Take time to analyze information before accepting it's credibility.

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How your Memory Rewrites the Past

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Our memory is a poor way of recording events, a study has found, as it rewrites the past with current information, updating recollections with new experiences.

In the study, How your Memory Rewrites the Pastresearchers looked at the exact point in time when incorrectly recalled information was implanted into an existing memory.

The team found that memory rewrites the past with current information, updating recollections with new experiences. This form of editing happens in the hippocampus, working as the memory’s version of a film editor or special effects team.

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The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Family

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Why do some cultural groups seem to outperform others in terms of academic achievement or career success? Joshua Rothman on Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld’s much-discussed new book, “The Triple Package.”

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5 Ways To Avoid Being Suckered By Unreliable Information

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The information society is upon us and with it comes the constant barrage of information accessible wherever, whenever. This book explores the role of knowledge prevalent in society, and investigates the dangers lurking in information technology and democracy as a whole.


Information is a condition for a robust democracy; people should vote based on sound information. But sound information doesn’t come easy and without labor. It must be properly handled and formatted before it is useful for deliberation, decision and action. In the information age, understanding the means by which information is processed becomes a crucial democratic instrument for the individual as well as the group.

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Infostorms: How to Take Information Punches and Save Democracy is a significant book written by Vincent F. Hendricks and Pelle G. Hansen.


highly recommend reading it in order to understand how new information technologies challenge the way we process information and make decisions.  


Based on new insights from philosophy, logic, social psychology, behavioral science and economics the book explains how to navigate in the information age and shows how information is used to enlighten but also manipulate people, opinions and markets. 


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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, February 4, 2014 9:09 AM

Great list of what you should be thinking about when searching the internet!

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People In Close-Knit Neighborhoods Feel More Positive

People In Close-Knit Neighborhoods Feel More Positive | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Living in a socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhood can take a toll on mental health. However, feeling a close connection to neighbors may offset some of those negative effects, a new study finds.

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Interesting study from Cardiff University.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, February 2, 2014 2:23 AM

Remember when we knew our neighbors?

David Hain's curator insight, February 2, 2014 4:39 AM

#Cardiff study emphasises benefits of community to #mentalhealth.

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All It Takes Is 10 Mindful Minutes

When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment.

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David Hain's curator insight, January 31, 2014 6:36 AM

Check out the great app that lies behind this, helping all of our family.

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An Antidote for Mindlessness

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Mindfulness is different from the hyperalert way you might feel after a great night’s sleep or a strong cup of coffee. Maria Konnikova explores the effects of mindfulness training on mental and physical well-being.

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Justin Daining's curator insight, January 30, 2014 11:20 AM

Helpful in work and personal situations.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 31, 2014 12:51 AM

Generally, the article is accurate. The reference to Langer is somewhat inaccurate, but not a deal breaker. Langer actually sai she was not in a position to speak about the spiritual nature of mindfulness. Her work has been largely neuroscientific. It is a small, but noteworthy thing. What Langer has done is show us that mindfulness is not just a religious or spiritual construct. It has very real and practical applications.

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Why the Future of Your Business Depends on Curiosity

Why the Future of Your Business Depends on Curiosity | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

The future will be less about money, power or size, but more about agility, networking and sharing. In order to survive, businesses need to grow to a permanent state of curiosity, making it a core strategic competence.

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Jacob Theilgaard's curator insight, January 30, 2014 4:45 AM

From an energy foundation to and information foundation....

David Hain's curator insight, January 31, 2014 5:45 AM

The curious will inherit the earth...

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How to Boost the Insight Generation Power of Your Workforce in Innovation

How to Boost the Insight Generation Power of Your Workforce in Innovation | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

In a knowledge society, a company’s competitive advantage derives from the capability to generate and apply insights to innovation. Harnessing the power of individual insights as a driver of innovation and growth could represent the ultimate competitive advantage.

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How Language Transformed Humanity

Biologist Mark Pagel shares an intriguing theory about why humans evolved our complex system of language. He suggests that language is a piece of "social technology" that allowed early human tribes to access a powerful new tool: cooperation.

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I recommend you also read this related article from The Guardian: Wired for Culture. It's a book review of Mark Pagel's excellent book: Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind


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The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now

The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Tomorrow’s learning is already available. Here are 7 of the most compelling and powerful trends, concepts, and resources that represent its promise.

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, January 23, 2014 9:27 AM

Seven key principles for tomorrow's learning:

1. Digital & Research Literacy

2. Shift From Standards To Habits

3. Game-Based Learning & Gamification

4. Connectivism.

5. Transparency

6. Place-Based Education 

7. Self-Directed Learning & Play

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 8, 2014 9:03 PM

We will need to read Dewey about play and community. A couple of others who might want to read are Habermas, Gadamer, and Montessori.

 

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The Shape of Spectacular Speech: An Infographic Analysis of What Made MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Great

The Shape of Spectacular Speech: An Infographic Analysis of What Made MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Great | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

The poetics of presenting, or why beautiful metaphors are better than beautiful slides.

Nancy Duarte notes the Dr. King spoke in short bursts more reminiscent of poetry than of long-winded lecture-speak and highlights his most powerful rhetorical devices — repetition, metaphors, visual words, references to political documents, citations from sacred texts and spiritual songs. 



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How Simple Ideas Lead To Scientific Discoveries

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Adam Savage walks through two spectacular examples of profound scientific discoveries that came from simple, creative methods anyone could have followed -- Eratosthenes' calculation of the Earth's circumference around 200 BC and Hippolyte Fizeau's measurement of the speed of light in 1849.

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Ali Anani's curator insight, January 16, 2014 12:32 PM

Insightdful and illuminating

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10 Most Awe-Inspiring Neuroscience Studies

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New studies demonstrate the deep power of human empathy, debunk right-brain and left-brain personalities, explore neural structures during sleep and way more...
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The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence

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In some jobs, being in touch with emotions is essential. In others, it seems to be a detriment. And like any skill, being able to read people can be used for good or evil.


Excellent piece by Wharton professor Adam Grant from The Atlantic. 

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Malcolm Gladwell: The Unheard Story of David and Goliath

It's a classic underdog tale: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. The story has transcended its biblical origins to become a common shorthand for unlikely victory. But, asks Malcolm Gladwell, is that really what the David and Goliath story is about?

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How Your "Working Memory" Makes Sense of the World

Life comes at us very quickly, and what we need to do is take that amorphous flow of experience and somehow extract meaning from it.


In this funny, enlightening talk, educational psychologist Peter Doolittle details the importance - and limitations - of your "working memory," that part of the brain that allows us to make sense of what's happening right now.

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Stanford: Top 10 Videos of 2013

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The most popular videos on Stanford GSB's YouTube channel in 2013, including talks by Elon Musk and Tory Burch.

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Stanford research: The meaningful life is a road worth traveling

Stanford research: The meaningful life is a road worth traveling | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

A Stanford research project explored the key differences between lives of happiness and meaningfulness. While the two are similar, dramatic differences exist – and one should not underestimate the power of meaningfulness.

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A Beautiful Math Poster Featuring The Greatest Mathematicians of All Time

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A wonderful visual featuring some of the brightest mathematicians of all time. 

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How Regular Exercise Helps You Balance Work and Family

How Regular Exercise Helps You Balance Work and Family | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

The start of a new year is always a great time to think about what we want to see happen in the coming year, and to resolve to pursue those objectives more actively. If you have been feeling torn between resolutions to exercise more and to be a better working parent or spouse, then this should come as great news: You can do both.


Here’s to your success and happiness in 2014.

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What I learned about creative thinking from Walt Disney

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Think Jar Collective contributor and creativity expert Michael Michalko shares what he learned about creativity and innovation from Walt Disney.
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Dan Andrews's curator insight, January 5, 2014 9:14 AM

In today's quick score business model as new businesses arise to fill niches the  senior businesses need to head the drive to rekindle the creative side of their empires. Keeping senior staff and infusing younger employees who can take that knowledge of today's tramsmedia and merge it with senior ideas to create new innovations.

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Thinker ★ Speaker ★ Writer ★ Leadership Adviser ★ Learning Designer ★ Neo-Generalist

Kenneth Mikkelsen is co-founder of FutureShifts. We help visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, behaviors and organisational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.