Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Yesterday Mindset, Today This

I had the distinct feeling that Dweck is right about one source of my difficulties with so-called higher education. But how sure can one be that Dweck's interventions are effective? Here's a credible article that calls much of current psychological research into question.

Placebo Effects: Psychology’s Fundamental Flaw? Why active controls are not enough

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mindset: How Many of Us Defeat Ourselves

This speaker could have been talking about me.

I am one of those many millions of people who somehow grew up thinking that if I had to work hard at university it would prove that I was not intelligent enough to justify my being there. This kind of thinking is not only weird, it's fatal as far as academic success is concerned.

The speaker in this video, Professor Carol Dweck of Stanford, describes the results of some of her numerous studies of this pattern of thinking and what can be done about it—and perhaps more importantly what can be done to prevent inculcating it in our children.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Ending: My 'Jobs for Career Developers' Listing

I have been using the facilities of Scraperwiki to glean job advertisements from various sites and to list them for people in career development and related occupations. Until now these facilities have been free of charge to use. Scraperwiki have just announced service upgrades together with charges for their services; they will also withdraw the free services I have been using at some time in September. Since I have no revenues to cover my costs I will be withdrawing the job listing whenever Scraperwiki withdraws their free services.

I hope it has been of use to some.