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Expertise: talk the talk vs walk the talk

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 23, 2008
Filed in Communication

Social scientist, Harry Collins, has spent his career hanging out with gravitational wave physicists and learning to talk like one. Harry’s research is on expertise and working out whether someone who can talk like a physicist can be indistinguishable from some who can do physics if you only talk to them. The key to the […]

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Making sense of history

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 25, 2008
Filed in Communication

I am reading The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. I enjoyed his description of how history is extremely opaque; how “you see what comes out, not the script that produces events.” He describes three ailments the human mind suffers when it comes into contact with history (he calls them the ‘triplet of opacity’): The […]

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Grasping the truth requires more than science

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 19, 2008
Filed in Communication

I’ve just started to read Otto Scharmer’s book, Theory U, and this passage grabbed my attention. Twenty-three hundred years ago Aristotle. arguably the greatest pioneer and innovator of Western inquiry and thought, wrote on Book VI of his Nicomachean Ethics that there are five different ways, faculties, or capacities in the human soul to grasp […]

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What is thought?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 24, 2008
Filed in Communication

I’m listening to Will Durant’s book, The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time, and I noticed this passage which help us understand why we get in such a pickle when we try and define knowledge. “What is thought? It baffles description because it includes everything through which it might be defined. It is the […]

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Making a difference

Posted by  Daryl Cook —February 19, 2008
Filed in Communication, Culture

I know we keep harping on about this, but little things can make a big difference! Here’s an inspiring Indian public announcement showing a great example:

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The Medici Effect by Frans Johansson is now free

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 9, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

The Medici Effect by Frans Johansson is all about innovation, particularly that type of innovation which occurs when two or more different disciplines, mindsets, ways of doing things, collide and new idea emerges. It seems that Frans learned that “best-selling author Paolo Coelho boosted sales in Russia by uploading a pirate copy of his book, […]

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The link between complexity and narrative?

Posted by  Daryl Cook —February 7, 2008
Filed in Communication

Steve Hardy has written an article – What Specifically Do Generalists Do? To quote: All the elements that make up experiences are very complex when viewed objectively … but since experience is subjective, it is wonderfully refreshing and most useful to look at that kind of complexity through a human subjective lens and ask simply […]

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The intuitive mind

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 9, 2008
Filed in Communication

I’m in the process of cleaning out my filing cabinets today—what joy—and discovered this quote: The intuitive mind is a sacred gift And the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant And has forgotten the gift—Albert Einstein

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A faulty knowledge transfer metaphor

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 17, 2007
Filed in Communication

The conduit metaphor is a common way for people to imagine how information is passed from one person to another. This metaphor paints a picture of information passing as a message to a receiver and the receiver picks it up and pops it in their mind. I have even seen a keynote speech recently where […]

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The fine art of (not) lecturing

Posted by  Daryl Cook —December 7, 2007
Filed in Communication

I just read a great article over at the thestar.com about Nobel laureate Carl Wieman who wants professors to rethink how they teach. His message? In a nutshell: reduce the load; stimulate the brain. A lot of what he recommends is not just applicable to teaching science, it’s also relevant to anyone who presents information […]

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