Pragmatic Thinking and Learning (Unplugged) Andy Hunt with Moe Abdou
Andy, as I mentioned to you, I’m eternally grateful for the work thatyou’ve been doing for me personally. At the same time, the more that I seethe evolution of the models that you’re creating, the more excited that I get about learning models that I think could be accessible to entrepreneursand business creators all over the world.
I’d like to get your thinking initially on when I look at our society, I really get the sense that we’re becoming more of a regressive as opposed to a progressive learning society. I’m curious what you think about our collective learning evolution.
First of all, thanks for the glowing words, that’s always a great way to start.I’m glad to know that I’ve been at least somewhat helpful with the writings andstuff I have produced.I’m sure your question about where society is headed it’s a really interestinglook because on the one hand, you know there is that wonderful quote by ascience fiction author William Gibson who said,
The future is already here, it’sjust not very evenly distributed
. I think that’s very much the case here. Thereare some great bright spots.We’ve got children in school. They’re school age, to see what they are learningwith math and science in particular they are learning much more advancedstuff, at much younger ages than we were exposed to when we were growingup. They are being asked to be much more creative and inventive and a lot lessleaning towards that sort of just parrot the facts back which was very popularfor a very long time. It’s just, memorize all these dates, spit it back at us andthat counts as a education. Of course it doesn’t. Creativity and invention arecritical to learning and critical to education.There are certainly some spots where we’re seeing more of that in theeducational system and even with adult education and that’s very encouraging.I like to see that. There are dangers as well. There is a dangerous politicalenvironment of a kind of aggressive anti-intellectualism that seems to be takinghold.That’s very frightening because in a lot of subcultures in areas in the country,it’s not cool for kids to be smart. Your peers will ostracize you if you try to besmart or try to be smarter than them and then you see some political figureswho are kind of taking this tact too that smart isn’t great. That’s a real dangerbecause that’s the kind of thing that takes you back to the Dark Ages if you letthat take hold. So that’s kind of the frightening side.