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Big Data Is Great, but Don’t Forget Intuition
December 29, 2012 | |By STEVE LOHR.

A major part of managing Big Data projects is asking the right questions: How do you define the problem? What data do you need? Where does it come from? What are the assumptions behind the model that the data is fed into? How is the model different from reality?...recognize the limits and shortcomings of the Big Data technology that they are building. Listening to the data is important, they say, but so is experience and intuition. After all, what is intuition at its best but large amounts of data of all kinds filtered through a human brain rather than a math model?
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january 2013 by jerryking
Studying Young Minds, and How to Teach Them
December 20, 2009 | New York Times | By BENEDICT CAREY. For
much of the last century, educators and many scientists believed that
children could not learn math at all before the age of five, that their
brains simply were not ready.

But recent research has turned that assumption on its head — that, and a
host of other conventional wisdom about geometry, reading, language and
self-control in class. The findings, mostly from a branch of research
called cognitive neuroscience, are helping to clarify when young brains
are best able to grasp fundamental concepts.
education  children  parenting  development  mathematics  learning  early_childhood_education  neurosciences  human_brains  childhood 
december 2009 by jerryking
A Wandering Mind Heads Toward Insight -
JUNE 19, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by ROBERT LEE HOTZ.

the crucial role of insight is a cherished theme. To these epiphanies, we owe the concept of alternating electrical current, the discovery of penicillin, and on a less lofty note, the invention of Post-its, ice-cream cones, and Velcro. The burst of mental clarity can be so powerful that, as legend would have it, Archimedes jumped out of his tub and ran naked through the streets, shouting to his startled neighbors: "Eureka! I've got it."

In today's innovation economy, engineers, economists and policy makers are eager to foster creative thinking among knowledge workers. Until recently, these sorts of revelations were too elusive for serious scientific study.....Lately, though, researchers have been able to document the brain's behavior during Eureka moments by recording brain-wave patterns and imaging the neural circuits that become active as volunteers struggle to solve anagrams, riddles and other brain teasers.

To be sure, we've all had our "Aha" moments. They materialize without warning, often through an unconscious shift in mental perspective that can abruptly alter how we perceive a problem. "An 'aha' moment is any sudden comprehension that allows you to see something in a different light," says psychologist John Kounios at Drexel University in Philadelphia. "It could be the solution to a problem; it could be getting a joke; or suddenly recognizing a face. It could be realizing that a friend of yours is not really a friend."

These sudden insights, they found, are the culmination of an intense and complex series of brain states that require more neural resources than methodical reasoning.
Aha!_moments  brainstorming  creativity  daydreaming  epiphanies  human_brains  insights  imagination  knowledge_workers  mapping  mental_dexterity 
june 2009 by jerryking
Brave New Brain
MAY 7, 2007| Business Week| Book reviews by Catherine Arnst

By Howard Gardner
Harvard Business School Press -- 196pp -- $24.95

How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential To Transform Ourselves
By Sharon Begley
Ballantine Books -- 283pp -- $24.95

How can we remodel our brains into the organs most likely to be valued in the brave new world?
book_reviews  human_brains  human_intelligence  cognitive_skills  books  Sharon_Begley 
april 2009 by jerryking

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