February 23, 2007

The Expertise Paradox

So you can't be an expert and have a balanced view. From Three-Toed Sloth: "experts need to acquire and store tens of thousands of cases within their domains in order to recognize patterns, generate and test hypotheses, and contribute to...

November 1, 2005

Imaginary Numbers


August 17, 2005

Notes on Walter Ong's Orality and Literacy #2

(Following on a little tardily from May's notes) Chapter 2: Modern discovery of Primary Oral Cultures Early Awareness of Oral Tradition Tradition of writing down sayings longlived: Ecclesiastes 12:9-10 "Besides being wise, Qoheleth taught the people knowledge, and weighed, scrutinized...

June 6, 2005

History and humility

Quote for the day:"A man who does not know what has been thought by those who have gone before him is sure to set an undue value upon his own ideas" - Source: Mark Pattison, MemoirsI don't really know how...

May 17, 2005

Novelty, Chewing Gum and Saturation Points

Heston Blumenthal is an award-winning chef who is pioneering a more scientific approach to food. Egg and bacon ice-cream, liquorice pasta all sound disgusting, but he seems to be able to trick the brain into thinking they're nice. Certainly his...

April 22, 2005

Diversity and Problem Solving

On our naturally under-performing in groups

February 14, 2005

Digital Knitwear

This brightened up my Monday morning. Heard news of it over the weekend, but the rather brilliant Natalie 'Bawdy Nan' Steed has been doing some knitting. And her rather brilliant husband Jeremy has been doing some packaging. And they've invented...

February 2, 2005

The architect and the wiki

On getting wikis started and the parable of the architect and the toilet

January 27, 2005

Outside the Box and Up the Creek

Joyce Wycoff is running a quick survey to see what (if anything) we might replace the phrase "think outside the box" with. [Hat tip to Heath]As she says, "Think outside the box" became a cliche because it was a great...

January 17, 2005

How well can you concentrate?

On a bizarre experiment on concentration and why it might mean there is no perception without attention

November 22, 2004

Boyd and the Big Moustache on Explanations

On out-loud thinking and how it helps

November 11, 2004

Personal Knowledge Management Workshop at KMEurope

On a PKM workshop past, some good company and a wiki future

October 25, 2004

Venn Diagram of Ideas

On why gaping void is a must read

October 21, 2004

The Sting in the Tail

On why you're more likely to get "bad behaviour" outside the mainstream, but why you need to go there.

August 5, 2004

Maps, Sense & Holub

On the information you have being better than the information you "need"

June 2, 2004

The Naskapi and the Caribou

On how unlearning can help you to hunt

June 1, 2004

Michelin's Culture of Ideas

On Michelin's valuing ideas in the 1930's

March 3, 2004

Amateurs are more innovative

On the benefits of generalization

February 26, 2004

Writing across the lines

On a grandmother's advice to a conventional child

February 24, 2004

When Scarcity is a Useful Resource

On how creativity might be hindered by too much information

February 7, 2004

Sleeping with the Devil

On the social network of bestselling political books.

January 14, 2004

The Making of Memory: Chapter 4 Notes - PT II

On the 3 types of scientific metaphor, and the grim ascendancy of maths over biology.

January 6, 2004

Classified: Gulliver's Travels

On why you can't always tell what someone likes by looking at what they like.

January 5, 2004

Quantity is Quality

On how doing more means doing better, especially when making pots

December 3, 2003

Hare Brain Tortoise Mind

On showers, staring out of the window, and different ways of having ideas.