knowledge and Learning In The News - 7/25/2006

Study: Distractions Impede Learning - ABC News
"What's new is that even if you can learn while distracted, it changes how you learn to make it less efficient and useful," said Russell A. Poldrack, a psychology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Expert Mind - Scientific American
Much of the chess master's advantage over the novice derives from the first few seconds of thought. This rapid, knowledge-guided perception, sometimes called apperception, can be seen in experts in other fields as well.

The Wrong Tail: How to turn a powerful idea into a dubious theory of everything - Slate
This insight goes only so far, but like many business books, The Long Tail commits the sin of overreaching.

The philosophy of business knowledge - KM World
Businesspeople and philosophers actually are both interested in the same two facets of knowledge: certainty and the relation of mind and world. Businesspeople, of course, are not interested in knowledge for its own sake. They want to put it to use. Philosophers, on the other hand, would rather give us a good, pounding headache.

Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos meet "Ginger" - Harvard Business School
The story behind Dean Kamen's Segway scooter, and his combustive meeting with the kingpins of Apple and Amazon. Excerpt from Code Name Ginger.

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