robertogreco + outliers   5

russell davies: weird
"[This] cheered me up no end. It's about WEIRDness, how Western Educated, Industrialised, Rich & Democratic societies produce people who are in no way typical of planet as whole, yet make up bulk of respondents in social science experiments…

"…article is called "The Weirdest People in the World"… & it was published last month in BBS…authors begin by noting that psychology as a discipline is an outlier in being most American of all scientific fields. 70% of all citations in major psych journals refer to articles published by Americans. In chemistry, by contrast, figure is just 37%. This is a serious problem, because psychology varies across cultures, & chemistry doesn't."

As I embark on learning how, professionally, to talk to & work w/ people from other places it's cheering to know I don't know anything. Because if the real social sciences are biased towards Western intuitions then the pseudo-sciences of marketing are, planetarily, even more bogus than I'd always suspected."

[Referring to: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/sep/18/change-your-life-weird-burkeman ]
russelldavies  west  westernworld  psychology  difference  weird  marketing  socialsciences  sciences  bias  occidentalism  culture  outliers  perspective  global  differences  design  anthropology  stevenjheine  aranorenzayan  josephhenrich  jonathanhaidt  from delicious
september 2010 by robertogreco
Derek Powazek - Why Everything Sucks, Why That’s Awesome, and How It’s Changing Us
"I think this is beautiful. People are out there, trying new things, learning the hard way, and sharing their experience. That gives me hope.
derekpowazek  education  internet  learning  teaching  outliers  malcolmgladwell  practice  amateur  online  lcproject 
june 2010 by robertogreco
Photo Essay: Underdogs at the 2010 Winter Olympics | Foreign Policy
"Forget the Jamaican bobsled team. This year, there’s a pack of Olympic underdogs from countries that aren't well known for cold-weather sports."
olympics  winterolympics  outliers  geography  sports  2010 
february 2010 by robertogreco
edublogs: Ken Robinson's The Element: reincarnating creativity
"Schools are built for, and in the image of, the industrial revolution ... Creativity and standardised testing can't share the same bed ... The death of entrepreneurship ... What is it that needs to change? Clue: It isn't curriculum or assessment ... Fundamental change through Brains Trusts ... Making sure that our current and future students in schools and higher education establishments are capable of entrepreneurship in many areas of their lives, of coming up with solutions that marry new technology (bringing with it new possibilities we could not have before thought through) with strong understanding of design to tackle issues that really matter is the number one task to ensure that they can fully participate as citizens. Simply providing access to part of that equation is not enough: broadband for all without understanding for all, community without happenstance on a global scale, a child's creativity without understanding of the potential technology brings."
education  kenrobinson  learning  entrepreneurship  tcsnmy  curiosity  passion  self-directedlearning  schools  deschooling  schooling  unschooling  creativity  change  reform  learning2.0  outliers  malcolmgladwell  online  internet  gamechanging  ewanmcintosh  testing  assessment  nclb  scotland  us  teaching  children 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Why Malcolm Gladwell Thinks We Have Little Control Over Our Own Success -- New York Magazine
"Malcolm Gladwell’s elegant and wildly popular theories about modern life have turned his name into an adjective—Gladwellian! But in his new book, he seeks to undercut the cult of success, including his own, by explaining how little control we have over it." ...“The basic vision says how we fare in life isn’t just determined by ourselves and our character, it’s determined by a lot of other things that are beyond our control.” ... "“For its poorest students, America doesn’t have a school problem,” Gladwell concludes. “It has a summer-vacation problem.” So how to close the gap between rich and poor students? Get rid of summer vacation in inner-city schools." ...“It’s a book that’s very much about collective and social organized change."
success  luck  malcolmgladwell  politics  culture  economics  books  psychology  sociology  outliers 
november 2008 by robertogreco

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