Constructionism and the Future of Learning

This is the (lightly edited) written transcript of a talk I gave a few weeks ago at Experience Haus’ conference, The Future of Learning. I hope to condense it down into a more digestible essay soon.

The talk is about constructionism, a learning theory that’s been around since the …

Thinking at the right level of abstraction

In school, I often wasn’t sure when I was allowed to think.

In many subjects, we learned simplified versions of things. This was necessary, I’m sure, but it made it hard to meaningfully think about those things.

Despite being fascinated by animals and plants (fish, in particular), …

The Pleasure of Guilty Pleasures

I love finding out other peoples’ guilty pleasures.

I don’t mean the “I sometimes eat a whole tub of ice cream” kind. The kind that you’d admit to at parties. I mean the “I have an anonymous instagram account where I compile clips of Rick Grimes for my own later …

Measure: a mental model for decision-making

Should you spend £30 on a pair of jeans, or £100? Should you get that anti-reflective coating for your glasses? Should you go to the gym, or spend that time working?

Good decision-making usually boils down to investing resources — time and money — in the right way. Doing this requires estimating …

This Is Water — some thoughts on introspection and personal growth

There are these two young fish swimming along. They happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” The two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other, and goes “What the hell is water?”

This …

Notes from Malcolm Gladwell's writing Masterclass – Part 4

Here are my notes from Malcolm Gladwell’s writing course on Masterclass. It has 6 hours of dense video content, so these notes will be split into 4 parts published over 4 weeks.

Misrepresentation, misunderstanding, and miscommunication are on me. The good stuff is on Malcolm Gladwell.

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Notes from Malcolm Gladwell's writing Masterclass – Part 3

Here are my notes from Malcolm Gladwell’s writing course on Masterclass. It has 6 hours of dense video content, so these notes will be split into 4 parts published over 4 weeks.

Misrepresentation, misunderstanding, and miscommunication are on me. The good stuff is on Malcolm Gladwell.

Link …

Notes from Malcolm Gladwell's writing Masterclass – Part 2

Here are my notes from Malcolm Gladwell’s writing course on Masterclass. It has 6 hours of dense video content, so these notes will be split into 4 parts published over 4 weeks.

Misrepresentation, misunderstanding, and miscommunication are on me. The good stuff is on Malcolm Gladwell.

Link …

Notes from Malcolm Gladwell's writing Masterclass – Part 1

Here are my notes from Malcolm Gladwell’s writing course on Masterclass. It has 6 hours of dense video content, so these notes will be split into 4 parts published over 4 weeks.

Misrepresentation, misunderstanding, and miscommunication are on me. The good stuff is on Malcolm Gladwell. …

Learn by exploration, then by theory

I’ve never been very disciplined on long flights. I always have grand productive plans going in — reading and writing, maybe some coding — but they never pan out. I’ve enjoyed a lot of average blockbusters in uncomfortable seats.

Last month, however, I managed to spend an entire 8 hour …