I guest lectured at Fanshawe College this morning. In presentations in classroom settings, I have recently found myself opting for the whiteboard and marker over the projector and slidedeck. I have an untested, anecdotally-based hypothesis that people are getting tired of looking at screens all the time. Maybe we are unconsciously intrigued (and reengaged) when someone starts doodling, scrawling something imperfect in real time? I wonder if there is a tipping point where the ‘non-digital’ becomes a ‘special, attention-grabbing feature’ in education and communication?
What is the best asset or resource you have discovered for describing how to use RSS to someone who has never heard of it? Thinking: basic, highly visual, and engaging introduction that highlights the value of open web above proprietary algorithm feeds.
Fascinating how cultural myths about professionalism, etiquette, and prestige can be so deeply internalized and embodied by people who fancy themselves as experts in deconstructing cultural myths.
The fear of being wrong is a monumental obstacle to learning. Herein lies the persistent inclination to keep one’s opinions to oneself for fear of being proven wrong. And here is the home of close-mindedness: the union of identity and defensiveness.
In a way, learning is what happens when you end up agreeing with people who disagree with you. Growth requires a steadfast commitment to pivot and adapt. An eagerness to learn demands the willingness to lose an argument on occasion. In fact, sometimes the best debates are the ones that are lost.
Learning requires the defeat of old ideas.
‘Being wrong’ sometimes is critically important.
So celebrate beliefs that have long revision histories. Yearn for the acute sensation of being wrong. Subject everything you believe to scrutiny, eager to discover what buckles under the pressure. Test it. And test it again. And when you can’t sustain a position any longer, revel in its demise, as you move on to critique other beliefs with newfound perspective.
‘Being wrong’ can be one of the best parts of being alive.
School: “Get all the answers right and you win!” Real Life: “WTF, School?”