I’ve often used the word “unlearning”, rather unthinkingly, as I now realize, thanks to this post by Mr Smartcoolguy himself.Infedelic Ideas: Unlearning, wtf?: There was a meme in the blog community about unlearning: unlearning the past in order to replace it with something new as the lifetime of what you know gets shorter and shorter all the time.
I think unlearning is a word from the old world where we used to think learning as acquisition of knowledge. I guess unlearning as a word is reversing that practice and putting something else back in. Yet I argue, you just can’t unlearn, as the way how you have constructed new knowledge in the past has already shaped your point of view.
I followed the link to Hugh Gapingvoid, and found more grist to my mill:
The only chance our country (your country, depends where you live), your economy and most of all, your family has to get ahead is this: make up new rules.
People who make up new rules continue to be in very short supply.
Does anybody really think being a cog is still viable? I don’t know anybody who does.
Also, here he [Seth Godin] writes about his (justifiably) favorite new phrase: “Yak Shaving”. It’s worth a read.
Yeah, Yak Shaving. Sums it up!