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Two weeks ago, Star Wars Episode II was released. And in the first five days, I watched it three times. Now, without going into the film itself, let me describe the experience.

The first time through, it was all story, plot and the overwhelming special effects. The second time, I experienced less overwhelm and enjoyed more of the intricacies ...

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A couple of weeks ago, I received this popular metaphor via email. I first read it in Stephen Covey’s book, First Things First, and it is being used in other time management courses as well. It goes something like this:

As this man stood in front of the group of high-powered overachievers he said, "Okay, time for a quiz."

Then ...

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Originally published in Capital Ideasmiths, vol 2 - July, 1998

Tonight's main event - Tabla Rasa versus Socrates

A grudge match, 15 rounds, the future of education is at stake

In this corner, weighing in with "2500 year old script and a few dead philosophers" is the Socratic method - it states that all knowledge is ...

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Only two kinds of feedback loops exist in nature -- negative and positive. These aren't value judgments, only descriptions of how different kinds of learning occur and how we deal with adversity. As you know, adversity is unavoidable. It comes in all shapes and sizes and doesn't discriminate. Who we are and what we are capable of has much to do with ...

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It is stated in the Einstein Factor that "you will be surprised by the abundance of images, their startling clarity, and their bizarre and unexpected subject matter. Only when this happens have you truly begun to Image Stream."

I disagree.

I hear the villagers wanting to cut off my head for such heresy. So before they catch ...

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Let us first look at each side of the entire line of reading skill.

On the novice end, we have 100-200 words per minute, one word at a time, subvocalized, no preparation, frequent back skipping, and no subconscious activity whatsoever.

On the expert end, we flip two pages per second with 100 percent recall of everything utilizing the ...

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If a system can be quantified, then we would be able to measure it. Intelligence is a system.

Whether we consciously acknowledge it or not, we all employ thinking strategies. Some are more powerful than others. Some will show a quantifiable improvement in less time than others. And some will actually induce atrophy (addiction to trashy TV ...

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Stephen Covey and Tony Robbins talk about how much of the personal development ideals designed to enhance your life over the last few decades was born of an outside-in perspective. The idea is that something external can make you happy. Buy a new car. Achieve something. Earn a new title. Adopt a new personality trait. And so on.

Yet if this ...

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