Other looks at the usefulness of useless knowledge

This 1952 television broadcast at The Johns Hopkins University looked back, with dreary optimism, at Abraham Flexner‘s essay “The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge”. Flexner’s essay appeared in the October 1939 issue of Harper’s magazine [you can download that essay here.] Recently, Brainpickings took an appreciative look at Flexner and his musings. Click on the image, […]

Ig Nobel Prize winner Chris Frith lecturing at Harvard this week

The long-named Harvard Mind/Brain/Body Interfaculty Initiative announces: MBB 2013 Distinguished Lecture Series Uta Frith and Chris Frith (University College London) Uta Frith – Autism: The First Fifty Years Wednesday, April 24th, 5:15 p.m., Science Center Hall D Chris Frith – How the Brain Creates Culture Thursday, April 25th, 5 p.m., Science Center Hall D BACKGROUND: Chris Frith, […]

Knowing New Knowledge (Transilvanian study)

There’s always more to know about knowledge. This study makes that, if nothing else, clear: “Measuring the Value of Different Categories of Knowledge within a Romanian University,” Dana Adriana Lupşa-Tătaru, paper presented at the International Conference on Applied Statistics, September 23–26, 2007, at Ribno (Bled), Slovenia. The author, at Transilvania University of Braşov, Braşov, Romania, […]

Towards Knowledge Neutralization

Many large organisations are notoriously inefficient. How can they be guided back to efficiency? One possible strategy is to encourage them to ‘unlearn’ – using a process which has been called ‘Knowledge Neutralization’. Dr. Emil Turc, (presently Maître de Conférences en Sciences de Gestion à l’Institut de Management Public et de Gouvernance Territoriale (IMPGT) d’Aix-en-Provence) […]