Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 31, 2023

The Weekly Pulse is my content curation and my highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, and everything I discovered during the week.
The Weekly Pulse is my content curation and my highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, and everything I discovered during the week.

So, let’s go with some discoveries from the week!

#1 – Cultural Literacy: Does Knowledge Need to Be Deep to Be Useful?
#2 – How to Create So Much They Can’t Ignore You
#3 – 3 Human Super Talents AI Will Not Replace


Cultural Literacy: Does Knowledge Need to Be Deep to Be Useful?

Source: Scott Young Website
Author: Scott Young

Summary: In Cultural Literacy, author E. D. Hirsch argues that instead of favouring deep understanding and mastery, students need to be supplied with a large quantity of background knowledge, even if that knowledge is shallow. According to Hirsch, such knowledge is necessary to participate in literate culture. The book has provoked controversy by proposing curricula standardization at the national level to create a strong national culture based on shared references, which some see as cultural assimilation. While Hirsch’s emphasis on cultural knowledge has its merits, usefulness should still be the benchmark for education as a whole.

3 Highlights:

“… The shallowness of school isn’t a failing but a virtue! Deep understanding and mastery of universal skills are overrated. Instead, we need to supply students with a large supply of background knowledge, often shallow, that allows them to participate in literate culture…”

“… Hirsch’s argument is that we underrate how much knowledge is needed to understand a newspaper or popular nonfiction book. Just as fluent reading requires knowledge of tens of thousands of words, fluent understanding requires thousands of cultural facts that cannot be derived from direct experience...”

“… Something similar has been a goal of mine for awhile. As I’ve spent most of my learning time in the sciences, my humanities knowledge is often weaker. One of my favourite ways to rectify this problem is to listen to survey courses on history, philosophy and literature. These overviews aren’t sufficient for reaching any deep insights. Still, they serve their purpose in providing the background knowledge needed for further reading…”

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How to Create So Much They Can’t Ignore You

Source: Alex Mathers Website
Author: Alex Mathers

Summary: The article discusses the challenge of getting attention for creative work in a world where millions of artists are sharing their creations online. While paid advertising and endorsements can work in the short term, the key to long-term attraction and attention is to create high-quality work consistently and at a high volume. This leads to traction, which is a sign that the work is having an impact on the world. Most creators never reach real traction because they don’t create in volume consistently, and it’s important to be prepared for a zero-traction phase and to commit to creating every day.

3 Highlights:

“… Create so much they can’t ignore you. There is a certain point at which your work will find what’s known as ‘traction’. Traction is a sign that your work is having an impact on the world…”

“… Creating plenty with regularity will improve your craft, and it will push you towards traction and attraction. In fact, it is the only thing that will guarantee traction and ‘success’. You can only improve and attract more attention, the more you create...”

“… It might be the hard truth for some. It’s an even harder truth for people who make things, but don’t truly love, and get into flow with what they make.

That’s why your work needs to make you come alive. You need to make a decision on what you will do every day (at least most days) to eventually create so much that people can’t ignore you. You need to commit, and you need to persevere with patience. You need to be ready for that zero-traction phase…”

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3 Human Super Talents AI Will Not Replace

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Reece Akhtar

Summary: As AI continues to influence our lives, it is important to cultivate skills that machines cannot replace to stand out in the future AI age. According to business psychologists, there are three critical talents AI is unlikely to replace: curiosity, humility, and emotional intelligence. Curiosity allows for creative brainstorming and thoughtful use of AI to improve productivity. Humility involves expanding self-awareness and asking for feedback. Emotional intelligence promotes building connections, practising empathy, and communicating effectively. By practising these skills, individuals can be well positioned to thrive in the age of AI.

3 Highlights:

“… It’s okay to have weaknesses and areas in need of improvement, but failing to identify and manage these gaps in your skill set will lead to poor decision-making, strained working relationships, and unnecessary conflict. That’s why practising humility and expanding your self-awareness, two things AI can’t do, is so important…”

“… To be employable in the age of AI, you have to be likeable. No one wants to work with people who are rude, untrustworthy, and inconsiderate — and AI tools make it even easier not to. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to handle conflict effectively, be more cooperative, and avoid arguments when possible...”

“… If you stay curious, practice humility, and focus on others, you will be well positioned to thrive in these exciting times…”

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