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I wonder what Carole King is up to? Did that kid who was in your third-grade class ten years ago get into his first choice of college? How did that couple that had a squabble in your store last week settle their argument? We don’t notice people when...

The difference between memorization and learning

In order to learn something, you must understand it. You might become so insightful and facile with the ideas that it appears you’ve memorized them, but that’s just a side effect. Rote memorization can be done in some fields, and you can even recite what...

“As a technologist…”

If two people are having a discussion about the resilience of the food chain, and one says, “as a farmer…” it’s likely that this statement carries some weight. The same goes for the opinion of an admiral if we’re talking about naval...

741741 — To be seen

A few years ago, Nancy Lublin discovered something obvious. Nancy was the CEO of Dosomething.org, the largest teenage charity in the world. In order to keep up with its members, Dosomething shifted their communications from email to texting (yes, that’s obvious,...