Use yer heid:: conventional wisdom requires a sound basis


Here is a piece that I found particularly interesting. The full article can be found here.

Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s capacity to modify its organization, pertaining to the acquisition of new skills and learning. Several decades ago, the consensus was that the neocortical areas were immutable after a certain stage of development. However, recent studies determined that environmental changes could alter cognition by modifying neuron connections in adults. What’s more, it was determined that stress is the key factor in boosting plasticity, and learning, in the nervous system.

In other words, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. The brain says to itself: “Oh, my survival is at risk, so I’d better start thinking and learning really hard right now.” It’s only when you have skin in the game that you’ll really focus and learn.

Unfortunately there are still too many people who have difficulty in coming to terms with the FACT that, the others, who have always been around and tended to make things all right, can no longer be relied upon to do so!

Who’s that then?neural plasticity

The institutions that we were brought up to trust.

Organisations that could be trusted but who have shown themselves more concerned about holding on to power and/or wealth, than responding to he changes that right-minded people are, increasingly, calling for. Any innovation is on their terms and, first and foremost, for their benefit – destructive creation.

Their preference is for the most cynical forms of ambiguity. As they advocate a particular form of independence that is actually dependence…based upon apathy, fear or inertia – one of the most glaring examples is bankers (authorised and regulated by Governments) to (mis)sell debt as credit.

We have a wealth of knowledge for our brains – the most complex known system in the universe – at our fingertips, with which to form our own opinions and have at our disposal the most powerful communication tools in the history of our planet.

So we possess means by which to form our own, new social connections and networks. Like-minded people can now readily seek each other out, communicate and form groups to truly innovate.

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

Why, blindly, accept that conventional wisdom is “wise” when it is known to be flawed or has been superseded? The “wisdom of the crowd” is an oft heard expression, particularly in terms of social media. Isn’t it strange, then, that the Institutional crowd (whose failed theories and philosophies still form the backbone of our economies and educational system) don’t have much of a Social Business presence?

My own theory is that, if they can’t provide the transparency that the Digital Age demands, this, combined with the evidence of the financial crises and social inequalities that their policies have created, are reason enough to embrace thinking and solutions that have been created for this Age and NOT those of the (now past) Industrial Era.   

One Response to Use yer heid:: conventional wisdom requires a sound basis

  1. Pingback: Robert JR Graham » Conventional Wisdom is Wrong

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