A new post has been long overdue, but I managed to stumble upon a very nice and helpful physicist. I first heard him speak during a livestreamed debate between him and a pseudo-scientist. His cogent and impressive debating skill impressed me enough to contact him and ask for pointers on improving in discourse. While I […]Read more "Physicist: “I used to suck at math. Like really, really, suck.”"
Sal Khan’s most important ideas I’ve heard over the years are compressed in his short but powerful TED talk he gave recently. Changing education is probably one of the most important decisions towards a more utopian society. People don’t have to be stupid and learning is fun. Another amazing entrepreneur is Jack Ma, whose favourite role […]Read more "Teach for mastery, not test scores."
Approximately one year ago I read something on Quora about the effects of improving 1% daily. Initially the improvements might not be apparent, but compounded over time the differences are huge compared to not improving at all or declining. Contemplate these (rounded) numbers: 1% daily improvement for 1 year: 1.01365 = 37.7834 → 3778.34% improvement. 1% daily decline for 1 year: 0.99365 = […]Read more "Improve yourself by 3778% in one year?"
Great times we live in to study a wide range of subjects for free. This time I will not talk about Khan Academy, but lem.ma instead. Meet Pavel Grinfeld, a mathematics professor who kindly uploaded 24.4GB of linear algebra videos on YouTube which you can straight out call private high class lectures if you watch […]Read more "Develop your mental RAM and(!) study linear algebra for $0."
Once I thought my list of science underdogs was finished, another one pops up. Meet Barbara Oakley, professor of engineering. “I fell off the math bandwagon and flunked my way through elementary, middle, and high school math and science. Now I’m a professor of engineering.” –Barbara Oakley I’m excited to say that a ‘you-can-grow-your-brain thinking’ is […]Read more "Clickbait: bad memory; a good thing!"
Less than an hour ago I received my grades for the three courses I tried in university. Philosophy: 15/20, statistics: 3/20, linear algebra: didn’t take the exam. You might be surprised, but I’m actually happy with those results. One, because I never passed a philosophy or psychology class up to now, even at a tenth […]Read more "Study methods are paramount"
Yet another inspiring underdog story, reinforcing the ‘you can learn anything’ statement. Jessica Su is a computer science PhD student at Stanford who’s teacher though she lacked the ability to think. Well they were quite wrong. The following text is an answer to What was your most empowering experience or decision? on Quora. Learning how to write proofs. […]Read more "“You lack the ability to think.”"