SUNDAY RECOMMENDED READING
Top billing post. I have to say that despite my hardline views on the War on Terror, the recent furor over our ports management and Dubai Ports World has left me totally unimpressed and Mr. Hagel here explains why. I’m also intrigued by his reference to “…We suggested that public policy in many different domains should be reassessed in terms of implications for accelerating talent development “ as a general operating concept. This pursuit of niche dominance would be the natural national strategy for a market-state world, especially for smaller powers like Singapore which is currently devoting itself to becoming a world leader in biotech research.
From the post title I almost expected that the Drs. Eide might have discovered tdaxp ;o)
I liked this post not merely for the substantive links, of which there were many, but the quote here that drives home the proper use of diagrams in teaching or communication – which if more people were consciously aware of we’d have shorter, better designed, more effective lectures, business presentations and policy briefs:
“The authors add, “diagrams reduce memory load and cognitive effort by computational offloading. Self-explaining is a challenging activity that many learners do not engage in spontaneously. Diagrams free the limited resources of learners to engage in meaning-making activities. Diagrams limit abstraction and aid processibility by restricting the learners’ interpretation of the situation”
Bingo. The diagram isn’t just an illustration or a transmitter of concepts but it sets the parameters for your thought process and reduces tangential errors.
Curtis likes long, comprehensive, posts that consider a wide range of variables and perspectives but his musings here on comparative ideological paradigms, he arrived at a profound observation:
“One last note: I do not know that we should be more afraid of the totalitarian, linear, static system than the complex, chaotic, dynamic system — or, the other way around. BYF’s implication, and one notion circling all of the above ideas, is that ideologies because they are straight lines are far more dangerous, potentially, that pluralistic or diffuse and complex systems. The Jihadists follow the straight-and-narrow (we think) in their advocacy of death, but in America, murder “just happens” or emerges from the general chaos. Which is more frightening? Which is more predictable? “
That was good. Additional questions would be ” Which model is more psychologically attractive ?” and ” Which better reflects reality ? “