Research Publications Newsletters Above the Fold Above the Fold - 17 July 2014


The Secret to Creativity, Intelligence, and Scientific Thinking: Being Able to Make Connections • 14 January 2014
(ᔥ Fast Company 18 June 2014)

Is it knowledge? Is it experience? This is a good reminder that making connections is the source of new insight, new directions and new approaches. I liked that it summarized the different ways creatives and scientists expressed the centrality of connections. A quick read that will prime you.

And I particularly liked the bookends to the piece—the starting reference to cartoonist and marketing guru, Hugh MacLeod of Gapingvoid fame and the closing reproduction of Benjamin Franklin's daily log, "What good shall I do this day?". (Michalko)




Why I Killed My LinkedIn Account

HR Examiner • 17 April 2014

Kill your LinkedIn Account? Really? After reading LinkedIn's "draconian" indemnity clause and rigid terms of service, employment lawyer Heather Bussing says it's a social resource she can live without. Check out the fine print that Bussing finds objectionable; many social media websites use similar terminology, but most users don't pay attention to what they're giving up when they click the "accept" button.

Well, I never read the fine print. I read the people who rant about the fine print. Good one. But I would land opposite the author who puts up with the same objectionable Facebook terms of service because she gets something useful from it. Bye bye Facebook, I'm going with LinkedIn. (Michalko)



The Summer's Most Unread Book Is . . .

The Wall Street Journal • 3 July 2014

Piketty buries Hawking 2(.75) to 1. This entertaining list is a tonic to all the talk about summer reading. Jordan Ellenberg (whose book we featured not long ago) uses the Amazon highlights to estimate how much of a book people actually read. He knows it is not scientific. But read it and your instincts will likely tell you he's right.

You may have had this zoom by you from other sources. It prompted some interesting back and forth among OCLC Research colleagues. I thought Constance was on to something when she observed that it might be wrong to characterize "the failure to 'complete' a book as a kind of reading/work stoppage. Isn't it (sometimes) a new kind of reading, that is facilitated by e-formats?" Certainly in non-fiction you skip around to the passages that are relevant without worrying about "completion." Hat tip to Lorcan for sending this to me, and to Gary Price at Infodocket for pointing out all these other interesting Kindle lists. (Michalko)


P.S. Blog Post: What Makes You Put Down a Book? 9 July 2014



Secrets From The Brains Of 13 Creative Geniuses

Fast Company • 10 July 2014

What is it about creative brains? In this brief post Jane Porter summarizes what the neuroscientist who studies the science of genius found when she scanned the brains of 13 of today's brightest creative minds. It's a quick read that features the unexpected like "There is a strong connection between mental illness and creativity."

Actually there were sufficient provocations here that I wanted to read the article in The Atlantic that prompted this summary. I recommend it to you for the nice introduction it gives to the evolution of our thinking about intelligence and creativity. And even if you are not creatively neurotic you might benefit from the daily rituals of creative geniuses as depicted in this well-done interactive infographic. (ᔥ Co.Design.) (Michalko)



Forget The "To-Do" List, You Need A "Stop Doing" List

Farnum Street • 9 July 2014

What's on your stop doing list? This is a short essay reminding us about productivity and life choices and mindfulness. It draws from the business author, Jim Collins. Many of you will be familiar with his Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking is Not the Answer as it has been widely used in higher ed planning retreats.

I'm glad that the author shines a light into the fracture between the "follow your passion" and "what makes economic sense" advice. The counter to the passion dictum is worth reading: "Following your Passion is Horrible Advice." (Michalko)


P.S. One of the things that might stop (or at least be better controlled) is our interactions with devices. Here's some discouraging evidence—Chances are you spend way too much time staring at screens every day.



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