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March 17, 2008

How to think

woman thinking

When Ed Boyden applied for a teaching gig at MIT's famed Media Lab, he pitched the idea of teaching a course called "How to Think". The best I can tell, that course has yet to make it into the official curriculum, but Boyden has written up 10 rules for thinking and posted them on his blog on Technology Review. Among his suggestions...

Learn how to learn (rapidly). One of the most important talents for the 21st century is the ability to learn almost anything instantly, so cultivate this talent. Be able to rapidly prototype ideas.

It's worth reading the full list, as well as the thoughts of the commenters. I also highly recommend the O'Reilly book Mind Performance Hacks.

(Photo of woman thinking by Grace Fell/flickr and made available via Creative Commons license. Thanks!)


Posted by Chris Spurgeon at March 17, 2008 01:05 PM


no-mind works better than all of that

Posted by: gregory at March 22, 2008 10:49 AM