• Chesscademy Review: How to Learn Chess Online

    There’s something romantic about learning chess. No other game is so suggestive of intelligence and strategy. Read any movie or book and if the game of chess shows up, the author is trying to tell you just how smart the character is. In 2001 a Space Odyssey, chess is used to contrast human and artificial intelligence. In X-Men, […]

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  • Deliberate Creativity: How Knowledge Inspires Innovation

    To be creative is to draw on life experiences and knowledge, but then diverge in ways which are unexpected by other people. The experiences, the things we remember and know, are the fuel of creativity. Usually this blog is about effective learning techniques, but in this post I’m talking about the role of that knowledge in […]

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  • Which Mental Tasks Should We Offload to Computers?

    This is not a science-fiction question. Today, we need to answer: should children even bother learning multiplication tables in the age of calculators? A simple, cheap machine can do the job so much more effectively than any human. I am among the people who would argue that there is value in studying multiplication. Given what we […]

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  • Dual N-Back and the Science of Brain Exercises

    The “train your brain” software market is hot right now. Seemingly overnight, dozens of games (from BrainAge to Lumosity) have sprung up. They make bold claims, like being able to reverse the cognitive “aging” of the brain. I’ve discussed many such products in my educational software reviews; this post will focus on the science of  improving or maintaining your brain […]

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  • Dare to Dabble

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard the word dilettante used as a compliment. Even the dictionary seems weirdly derisive (emphasis mine): dil·et·tante noun a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge. But I think to be a dabbler (a synonym of dilettante) is to be a good […]

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