How Schools Kill Creativity

From the day I’ve discovered TED’s video talks, I’ve been hooked.  If I’m not watching at least one video-talk a day, there’s something wrong.  It’s world-class content on thought-provoking ideas by deep thinkers, provided free to your PC/laptop.  How could any one afford not to? TED posted a video-talk recently by Sir Ken Robinson on …

Know your World

Thanks to a link from one of Atanu’s posts, I discovered the amazingly powerful and insightful data graph of GapMinder on the state of the World and its evolution since the 1800s. Whether it’s birth/death rates you need or cellphone usage per 100 people, CO2 emissions per tonne or air accident deaths, forest land in sq. …

Restructuring Universities

A link from Rajesh’s Emergic blog led me to an enlightening NYTimes writeup on the limitations of the “University” as we know it : GRADUATE education is the Detroit of higher learning. Most graduate programs in American universities produce a product for which there is no market (candidates for teaching positions that do not exist) …

Facing the Truth

A recent Fortune article on the exploding popularity of Facebook, began on an interesting note: President Obama used it to get elected. Dell will recruit new hires with it. Microsoft’s new operating system borrows from it. No question, Facebook has friends in high places… Like many others, I too am a relatively-late bloomer on Facebook, …