New insights into how the brain works are changing how learning leaders structure programs and how the corporate learning industry thinks about knowledge retention and study habits.
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While scientists now know more about the brain, it's validating scientifically what our earliest philosophers understood intuitively. They lived and practiced: repeated retrieval, the spacing effect, and deep encoding, Think: knowing my times tables. Or the Roman who held up two fingers and said: Five beers please.
Science is a metaphor for understanding reality. The truth is that I do not learn from my experiences. I learn from my interpretation of my experiences. Remember that reality is my reality because it is filtered through my mental model. My mental model is based upon my interpretation of my unique experiences (that have a great deal in common with many others in the species genus homo. So we are back to Lee Thayer's: Get my thinking right.
For how I think creates and reflects who I am. Who I am and how i think create what I do. What I do creates my habits and then in the end my habits create me. So it is in the doing the right thinking about doing the right actions that creates me. (The Latin verb for the word "do" is: ago/agere, agi, actus.
Think with the end in mind. Or another way of saying it is: Act from the future.
So in one way we live reality while understanding reality by explaining it metaphorically through science. I continually have to be reminded not to mistake the finger pointing at the moon for the moon.