Sunday, June 19, 2005

Learning, Improvement, or Both?

Are self-improvement and self-directed learning the same thing, mascarading under different names? These sites can help you learn to learn.

An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth by Bruce Mau
To-Done, Working to Live
Dave Allen

Is this item from Life Hacker improvement or learning?

Activate your central nervous system to get stuff done

Med student dad Bert Webb says that on sluggish days when you can’t get a thing done, activate your body’s central nervous system to kickstart your productivity:

By mimicking the sympathetic reactions to a threatening environment (sitting up straight, standing, moving quickly, deeper breathing), it appears to be possible to activate the sympathetic [central nervous] system, which then takes over. We are ready to act, or in our case, be productive. We can also change our environment to one that causes the sympathetic system to activate, one that is more spartan, threatening, or simply uncomfortable. The result? We take action. We are more productive.

By my definition of learning, that it means achieving fit with one's ecosystem, self-improvement is a sort of learning. Come to think of it, Self Improvement has a positive spin that self-directed learning lacks.

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The shelves of the Chapters bookstore in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, are over-flowing with self-help books. (Books on New Age, Occult, Psychology, and Spirituality have separate sections.) When a book helps you function, it must have changed your behavior. A change in behavior that's not genetic in origin means you've learned something.

Lifehacker offers computer information in these catagories:
These things improve the performance of the augmented worker. You can learn from them.

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