Outsmarting IQ: The Emerging Science of Learnable Intelligence

Outsmarting IQ: The Emerging Science of Learnable Intelligence

Author: David Perkins

Publisher: Free Press (March 1, 1995)

HBXer–Marvin Hansen’s Comments:

  • As for books to review, a true classic is “Outsmarting IQ: The Emerging Science of Learnable Intelligence”.
  • I bet a lot of folks here love the idea of “Learnable Intelligence”. It really doesn’t matter what brain you have, but it is all about how you use it. One of the most transformative takeaways from the book that I got is the “factor analysis” and as such, I use it now every week. That is an accomplishment for a book published over two decades ago.
  • The Author (Perkins) is the co-founder and long-term (~30 years) co-director of project zero at Harvard GSE. There is a wonderful interview in which he summarizes the idea of learning how to understand the unknown and unexpected instead of memorizing the known.
  • Interview with David Perkins
  • David Perkins | Harvard Project Zero
  • Personally, I use meta-cognition almost daily for about three years, but once I combined meta-cognition with actual causality and factor analysis, depths and comprehension of previously unknown topics just exploded within a few weeks of practice. I still try to make sense of all that, but it occurs to me that meta-cognition without factor analysis is essentially useless.
  • There is a lot more to learning to learn. The best source I can think of is Anders Ericsson with his approach of “Deliberate Practice” that consists of just five principles:1) Well defined practice on specific skills

    2) Well defined process towards a long-term goal

    3) Well focused on specific areas to improve weaknesses

    4) Well defined & specific feedback to confront & correct issues

    5) Well beyond comfort zone by constantly pushing boundaries beyond current capacity*

    * Human capacity increases with usage when stretched, thus no increase equates stagnation.

  •  If you combine “Deliberate Practice” with the cognitive development mentioned in the book of learnable intelligence, truly remarkable things happen.
  • Anders Ericsson on the science of expertise | Larry King Now | Ora.TVPeak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

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The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite

The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite

Author: Duff McDonald

Publisher: HarperBusiness (April 25, 2017)

HBXers’ Comments:

  • Martin Ko: I write to please inquire whether anyone of you plans to read this soon-to-be published book/expose on Harvard Business School. I thought it might be of interest to some.
  • Mahesh Reddy: Preordered just now
  • Varun Sharma: Just preordered it, looks like a super exciting read!
  • Jingning Ao: I pre-ordered the Wisdom of Finance, not too late to get this one too! Thank you for sharing it!
  • Tamara Daniels: What I find interesting about the title of this book is that it contradicts what we’ve been learning in all of the HBX courses. I haven’t taken a single one that doesn’t heavily stress the importance of having integrity as a leader and doing what is right by humanity. So what the hypotheses of this book primarily outlines as a fault of Harvard is something that has been blindsided by personal choice. People choose to do good or bad regardless of what they’ve been taught. I, on the other hand, would like to know how to blend in with the personality type that is the focus of this book. How do you become that person and is it like a superpower that you can turn on or off at will? What we see in society is that those who are most aggressive and have a take no prisoners, fearless approach to life are the ones who win all of the time—high achievers. While it is those who try to play fair and appease others who often lose and are left behind.
  • Tamara Daniels: I would love to hear how others respond to them.

Relevant News: Why Harvard Business School is Under Fire

  • Jingning Ao: This news is based on the new book “The Golden Passport” by Duff McDonald, I haven’t finished reading the book, but I disagrees with the saying that “It has established big thinkers such as Michael Porter on its staff but has so far not produced a new generation of stars.”  Only time can tell great thinkers, at least I found that professor Bharat Anand’s book depicted the technology-era world precisely and intriguingly. Plus HBX has benefited and inspired countless people to get the learning opportunity to be “big thinkers”.
  • Mike Oren: I was reading this article yesterday and discussed it briefly with my girlfriend, who is doing her PhD in Economics at UChicago. Both of us felt it has less to do with Harvard and more to do with larger trends. Also that any prediction of downfall are ridiculously premature (decade at the earliest).
  • Hector Javier: The headline sounds a bit like click bait, tbh
  • Rafael Rosales: Completely agree! The thesis statement is not backed up!
  • Babatunde Olaniyi: Nothing is going to stop me applying next year
  • Martin Ko: I do agree with much that has been posted about this article (I was just about to share it with this group before you posted it, Jingning, thanks for doing so) but I did find the following to be rather troubling at Harvard Business School: “It has failed to manage conflicts of interest adequately: for example it gives companies a veto over case studies written about them and academics can be paid by the companies they teach about. The school has tried to diversify its intake of pupils, but even after adjusting for the financial aid it gives out, the effective average fee for an MBA course has risen by about 30% in five years.” The conflicts of interest could be better managed and handled, I think.
  • Mike Oren: The case study we read for the MYCD week 1 had a potential conflict of interest that was resolved with another part of the story being written, which ultimately made for an even stronger case. Also, being a former academic (not in business), I can tell you that this is an issue across the board. If your research receives funding from a business it almost always needs to be approved by their legal department prior to publication to protect their IP and brand. There are ways this is balanced, but it seems HBS is balancing it in much the same way as other institutions.
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