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Friday Finds — Summer Book Lists, Art of Learning, Bad Design

“The fundamental cause of the trouble in the modern world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”

—Bertrand Russell

Yesterday, I had the honor of speaking at the Learning Guild's online marketing for learning event. I shared some of my favorite marketing tools that can be “stolen” for use with L&D work. Anyone who is curious can check out my slides here. Do you use any marketing tools in your L&D practices? What are they and what do you like about them?

As always, thanks for reading.

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Behavioral Scientist’s Summer Book List 2023

The Behavioral Scientist's Summer Book List for 2023 is a diverse collection of books published between January and August of the year. The list, meant to inspire curiosity and learning, covers topics from language and well-being to human and artificial intelligence, and also includes unconventional subjects like neuroaesthetics and psychedelics. I bet you’ll find something that catches your eye. I found several that I’ve added to my reading list!

Want to more book lists beyond just the behavioral science topic? Here are ten more book lists on a range of other topics.

🎯 Take away: Find your next great read and fill up your book bag for some great summer reading.

4 Proven Toolkits to Master the Art of Learning

A meta-study on learning, memory, and metacognitive processes revealed that most learners hold outdated beliefs and commit errors that can hinder rather than enhance learning effectiveness.

In this article, Eva Keiffenheim shares four of the best toolkits for learning how to learn.

🎯 Take away: These resources help you adopt evidence-based learning strategies.

Why L&D should be at the forefront of the AI revolution

AI means that 50% of all employees will need reskilling or upskilling by 2025, according to the World Economic Forum. The velocity of AI is astonishing and any organization in any field that fails to keep up will be left behind.

🎯 Take away: Despite posing the most pressing obstacle to organizations of every magnitude, AI also holds the potential to resolve the very issues they currently confront, and on a large scale.

The upside of bad design

This article explores the unexpected benefits that can arise from poorly designed products or systems. The author suggests that while bad design is often seen as a negative aspect, it can actually foster innovation, creativity, and problem-solving. There are several examples where limitations and flaws in design have led to unexpected positive outcomes. These range from the creation of popular video games to the evolution of user-friendly interfaces.

🎯 Take away: ​Embracing the potential of bad design can serve as a catalyst for improvement and ingenuity.

Why the Brain’s Connections to the Body Are Crisscrossed

Dazzling intricacies of brain structure are revealed every day, but one of the most obvious aspects of brain wiring eludes neuroscientists. The nervous system is cross-wired, so that the left side of the brain controls the right half of the body and vice versa. This is a fascinating theory about why that might be.

🎯 Take away: In all bilaterally symmetrical animals, from humans down to simple worms, nerves cross from one side of the body to the opposite side of the brain. Geometry may explain why.

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🎧 Podcasts

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