Conscious Culture 44: How Learning Happens

Oct 14, 2021 3:24 am


How Learning Happens

Welcome to Conscious Culture, a weekly newsletter full of interesting reads for curious, intelligent people who want to sharpen their minds

Hi everyone,

Thank you for being here this week!

I’m currently working on a new article on why we shouldn’t place a high value on our intelligence.

The TLDR version of the article is:

The value we place on our intelligence causes us to become complacent in life.

We stop trying new things because we don't want to appear incompetent or ignorant because we think we know it all. Our belief in knowing it all comes from the value we place on our intelligence.

A better value is learning.

Those who value learning know they will make mistakes, and they are willing to accept them because they are learning. We can become open to new experiences if we value learning. The people who place a high value on intelligence may be less eager to learn new things when compared with people who place a high value on learning.

I look forward to sharing the article with you when it’s complete.

Let's talk about this week's newsletter.

In this week's newsletter you'll learn about:

  • Why you should stop reading the news
  • Following the money to understand how tech is changing
  • How learning happens
  • What makes work meaningful — or meaningless
  • The golden rule of writing

Feel free to hit reply and let me know what you think.

Interesting Reads

How Learning Happens

"Inspiration is the keystone of learning. It’s the engine behind a student’s motivation and the glue that makes ideas stick. But because our school system undervalues the necessity of inspiration, students don’t learn as much as they could."

Why You Should Stop Reading News

"We spend hours consuming news because we want to be informed. The problem is news doesn’t make us informed. In fact, the more news we consume the more misinformed we become."

If You Want to Understand How Tech Is Changing, You Need to Follow the Money

"There are some pretty clear signs of the shape of things to come - if you look at where the investment is going right now."

What Makes Work Meaningful — Or Meaningless

"Meaningful work is something we all want. The psychiatrist Viktor Frankl famously described how the innate human quest for meaning is so strong that, even in the direst circumstances, people seek out their purpose in life."


The Golden Rule of Writing

"Master the Golden Rule, begin with this brief video course. Watch the videos. They’re all short; they average less than five minutes. Take notes. Do the “Your Turn” exercises. Apply your new skills to whatever you’re writing right now."

Tools and Resources


"Create atomic essays & threads. Share them to Twitter and your very own social blog."


"Free online summaries of scientific articles"

Fun Stuff

Am I Awesome?

"A website that tells if you're awesome or not."

The Kanye Story

"From lying in bed with zero ideas to negotiating with the biggest superstar on planet earth."

Quote of the Week

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face."

— Eleanor Roosevelt


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