Thursday, April 23, 2015

how to be a little less stupid

Will it stem the tide or reverse gravity? Being "less stupid" is no easy exercise, but a couple of pointers never hurt ... perhaps:
Sternberg and others are now campaigning for a new kind of education that teaches people how to think more effectively, alongside more traditional academic tasks. Their insights could help all of us – whatever our intelligence – to be a little less stupid

1 comment:

  1. Mason Williams once said "talent is a cheap trick". And cheap tricks have always been my favorite. I think the difference between a journeyman and an apprentice is the number of cheap tricks and unexpected tools in their bag. That acquisition may speak to the care and interest they bring to the job. Of course, some folks appear to be as dumb as a mud fence and i've no idea why. Nor do i have a clue as to how a Feynman or a Neil deGrasse Tyson happen.

    Everything in the list linked suggests paying attention and caring to see a thing through honestly, and i can see a clear advantage in doing so. I think that's the practice Buddha urged and it's a shame to call it a religion rather than a science or education 101. The practice of belief usually precludes reason. But then i heard somewhere that logic is an infinite bog of opposites reasonably supported.

    Personally i doubt there are real solutions to anything our species might involve itself in. And i'm just always grateful if i don't make a thing worse. Maybe a laugh signifies the best outcomes in life. There's definitely too many avoidable tears out there.