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27 Jul 2006 - 15:42
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I've ended up being somewhat "con" Larry Summers, mostly in light of Ericsson's research on expert performance, which I have yet to write a word about here. I'd read somewhere that Summers told a gathering of professors that economists have the highest IQs, political scientists have the next highest IQs, and sociologists have the lowest IQs of the three. I thought he couldn't possibly have said such a thing in public, but it turns out he did. Ed's friend who teaches at Harvard, and who was pro-Summers I think, was there when he said it. blech And then there's Ben Barres. The new blog Creating Passionate Users has a terrific post on expert performance that (almost) renders anything I would write superfluous. (She also has a follow-up on her own experience with the Shangri-La diet which I know all you ectomorph Math Brains eagerly await.) UPDATE 7-29-06: Christopher has lost 2 lbs in 2 weeks & Jimmy has probably lost the same — lots of water retention ups-and-downs with him no doubt due to meds. His high was 222, his low 216.5, and for the past few days he's been steady at 218. I've lost nothing, but have eaten no junk fook in 3 weeks thanks to ELOO. Virtue will have to be its own reward in my case.) UPDATE 8-7-06: Christopher has lost 5 lbs since July 20. That's 5 lbs in 19 days. It's still hard to tell with Jimmy, because his weight veers wildly, apparently due to huge swings in water weight. We think he may have lost 3 pounds. I seem to have lost 2 lbs. Everyone's appetite is down. Here's her expert performance graph:
My feeling about this chart is that fuzzy math and bad teaching prevent students from leaping above the "suck threshold." When you never practice to mastery, because you understand a concept or because you "can always look it up" - where are you on the curve? At the bottom. With the drop-outs.
The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance TOC & excerpt
Daniel Willingham on Ericsson's research The Shangri-La Diet at Amazon
Seth Roberts website
Shangri La diet in freakonomics
Shangri La diet part 2
diet, evolution of the brain, & McDonalds
Marginal Revolution on Shangri La
your own lying eyes
progress report 7-23-06
mind hacks & Shangri-La 7-26-06
my life and welcome to it - 8-6-06 - success
compare and contrast photo op 8-12-06
9-17-06 Jimmy is melting
10-4-2006 Dr. Erika's olive oil diet works, too
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This may have come up in previous posts, but Caroline might be interested to know that at least some of the contributors to the Creating Passionate Users blog are from Boulder. This post references a Colorado Daily article. http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2006/07/safe_is_risky_r.html -- ChrisAdams - 28 Jul 2006
oh wow! I love that post - that's a keeper. Perfect for my life. I'd never heard of these folks before. Their blog is fantastic. Thanks! -- CatherineJohnson - 28 Jul 2006
oh my gosh that photo is amazing incredible - a keeper -- CatherineJohnson - 28 Jul 2006
I love this post: Let's say you've got a really good idea. And you've had good ideas before. You show it to your colleagues. They analyze it. They tell you why it's not a good idea. Hmmm. Do you go with your instinct? Is your gut reaction to be trusted? After all, you've been right before. After all, you've been wrong before. That's my life. I'm chronically coming up with ideas that might be good, might be bad, or might be downright catastrophic. I still can't tell the difference. -- CatherineJohnson - 28 Jul 2006
I so need to print that expert-user graphic out on a big poster and stick it up on my wall. I wonder if that rock-fall picture is from the rock-fall on Highway 42 last year? Incredible. It blocked the highway for months. -- CarolynJohnston - 29 Jul 2006
I love the creating passionate users blog! I love it! -- CarolynJohnston - 29 Jul 2006
Had you ever seen it before??? She's fantastic. The Mind Hacks blog is good, too. -- CatherineJohnson - 29 Jul 2006
I love the "legacy brain." -- CatherineJohnson - 29 Jul 2006
I love the "legacy brain." What a great post! BTW, here is the link to the post: http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2005/02/dealing_with_a_.html Speaking of using songs and mnemonic devices, Kristy's 2nd year Spanish teacher used songs that she had written (using familiar tunes) for some of the rules of grammar that the kids simply had to memorize. She would actually have the kids sing the songs in class--to help them with the memorization process. A number of the students said that the songs were a lifesaver during the final. I thought it was a great teaching device--I'm hoping she eventually publishes the songs or makes them available in some way. Several years ago, the Wall Street Journal ran an article about a Physics professor doing much the same thing. -- KarenA - 29 Jul 2006
Sorry for being a bit superficial, but what application are they using to make the graphs found in Creating Passionate Users? Anybody know? -- SmartestTractor - 01 Aug 2006
sheesh I just saw Smartest Tractor's question. I have no idea! But I LOVE that graph - it's beautiful. I wondered the same thing. -- CatherineJohnson - 26 Oct 2006
Speaking of using songs and mnemonic devices, Kristy's 2nd year Spanish teacher used songs that she had written (using familiar tunes) for some of the rules of grammar that the kids simply had to memorize. She would actually have the kids sing the songs in class--to help them with the memorization process. A number of the students said that the songs were a lifesaver during the final. She should publish those. Mnemonic devices are incredibly useful. When I first started teaching Christopher math, at the end of 4th grade, and he was so at see, I made up a mnemonic device for "algorithm": Al Gore has no rhythm. We decided that if you thought that was mean to Al Gore you could say "Al Gore has rhythm" instead. -- CatherineJohnson - 26 Oct 2006