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Are Teenage Brains Really So Different?

Hey everyone—I’ve been reading lots of books as part of my career pivot, and I’m experimenting with different ways of sharing what I learn. Below is a summary I’ve created of Frances Jensen’s 2015 book The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults (Amazon). If you like this post, let me know in […]

Book Summary: Deep Work by Cal Newport

Without concentration there can be no learning, and today our ability to concentrate is taking heavy fire from the armies of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, clickbait links, and plain old email and text messages. Just as we begin to get something important done, our phone vibrates—or we check our inbox, or scan our Facebook feed—and we are pulled away into another world, […]

The Problems with the 10,000 Hour Rule

In 2008, Malcolm Gladwell published Outliers, which popularized the work of Dr. K. Anders Ericsson through the “10,000 Hour Rule”, suggesting that expert-level performance in any field can be achieved through ten thousand hours of practice. Based on Ericsson’s 1991 study of violinists at a music academy in Berlin, this now-famous rule has taken on […]

Is Following Your Passion a Bad Idea?

So Good They Can’t Ignore You is a book I’ve been ignoring for a long time. Published in 2012, the book’s author Cal Newport—author of How to Become a Straight-A Student, How to Be a High School Superstar, How to Win at College—struck me as suspiciously straight-laced and unquestioning of traditional education. A brief examination of his […]

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