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Saturday, 25 May 2013

The Curse of Reading and Forgetting

Reminded me of an exchange between Rohit and myself, where we quipped:

Life is all about trying new things and repeating the good ones.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Here is Today

An excellent visualisation of time, starting from 24 hours (today) and going all the way back to the creation of the universe. Created by Luke Twyman.

More such relative comparisons of scale that I really like:

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Delhi Hectic

An “instagram [sic] based graphic novel” that takes us on a stark and introspective ride through contemporary middle-class Delhi. By someone who returned to a city he used to call home and found a lot had changed while he was away.

Reminded me of the short film Dilli. It has a similar narrative, but from the perspective of the aspirational labour class residents instead of the contemporary middle-class. (Trailer)

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

How People Learn

Enlightening piece on how we humans go about learning.

A traditional science instructor concentrates on teaching factual knowledge, with the implicit assumption that expert-like ways of thinking about the subject come along for free or are already present. But that is not what cognitive science tells us. It tells us instead that students need to develop these different ways of thinking by means of extended, focused mental effort. Also, new ways of thinking are always built on the prior thinking of the individual, so if the educational process is to be successful, it is essential to take that prior thinking into account.

Most of us have undergone this multiple times over the course of our lives, but we’ve probably not been aware of the process in conscious details.

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