College

UPDATE: See end of blog post. At times find­ing quotes and ref­er­ences in stu­dent essays, and even in aca­d­e­m­ic works, can be a bit like the old gameshow Catchphrase. Although on the whole quo­ta­tions should be clear­ly ref­er­enced, and there­fore rel­a­tive­ly eas­i­ly found, there are occa­sion­al­ly those which send you…

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The OODA loop and Cognitive Biases

This morn­ing I gave a brief talk on sev­er­al of the cog­ni­tive bias­es that have fea­tured on here over the last few months, and their often stormy rela­tion­ship with our rapid deci­sion making/heuristic process­es. During that talk I men­tioned the OODA (Observe-Orient-Decide-Act) loop briefly, and a cou­ple of peo­ple asked ques­tions…

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Work, Research and Organisational Tools Overview

When work­ing, or study­ing, or for that mat­ter going about dai­ly life there are a mul­ti­tude of skills and dis­ci­plines that will help us be bet­ter at what­ev­er we are doing. Some of those skills and dis­ci­plines I will look at in the Wednesday and Friday ses­sions. But in addi­tion…

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New Study Series beginning in February

With the start of the new aca­d­e­m­ic year it is worth con­sid­er­ing some meth­ods, skills and tools for study in the year ahead. This year I have decid­ed to put togeth­er a short sev­en week blog series cov­er­ing many of the ques­tions I am reg­u­lar­ly asked when it comes to…

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What is the Point?

Recently I was at the ETS and then SBL/AAR con­fer­ences in the US, with about 15,000 peo­ple descend­ing on San Diego for the SBL/AAR con­fer­ence alone. While one of the Ridley lec­tur­ers, Andrew Malone, and I were head­ing out for din­ner we encoun­tered a lady who chal­lenged us on what…

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