Observe without judgment

The highest form of human intelligence is to observe yourself without judgment. This quote of Jiddu Krishnamurti, which I got from the book Nonviolent Communication, seems to directly contradict my post Defining "smart", where I argue smartness is a process of judging. Is this a paradox? Perhaps a better definition…

Designing learning systems with spaced repetition

Spaced repetition is a valuable technique for learning. The typical design of a spaced repetition system (SRS) presents users with a queue of all items that are due according to its scheduling algorithm1. The motivation behind this post is that the queue can quickly become overwhelming, and endless item review…

Defining "smart"

I don't like to use the label "smart" because there are many positive ways of being human, all of which involve using your brain. Here I'll play with a definition of it anyway: Smartness is the ability to sort statements by their knowledge value. A mathematician writes a proof, which…

Activity

Haven't been writing, but I've been doing a bit otherwise: 100AI: Playing with various AI techniques and platforms. You probably won't get much out of the Tumblr linked here, but I may work on some writeups if anything turns out cool. Learnstream: Find the next step to build your skills…

Getting beyond massively lousy online courses

Sebastian Thrun on Udacity: We have a lousy product. In the article, Thrun says that MOOCs, massive open online courses that gained popularity a couple years ago when introduced by professors from Stanford University, didn't live up to their hype in democratizing education for the whole world. Personally I'd been…

The biased versus the heartless

Decision making is hard. For instance, we seem to be awful at making hiring decisions. Daniel Willingham explains a study that accurate answers to interviewers' questions did not gain any advantage over random information. Google has examined the data in practice and found that structured interviews with a rubric are…