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How Oxford proposes flexibility from the top

 How Oxford proposes flexibility from the top Professor Louise Richardson has spoken of her vision for Oxford's future as she becomes Vice-Chancellor of the University. She aims to keep Oxford in the forefront of international education with 'ever more creativity,...

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Here comes destruction or something

 Here comes destruction or something The recent climate change talks were a useful reminder that humanity is probably on the cusp of destruction. We need to change our ways from exploitation to preservation. And we need to do so through changes that are attractive and...

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The Improvisation Feedback Trick

So you want to feel certain feelings? Well, you need fast and reliable feedback from your experiences, to know whether or not you are getting the feelings you want.

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Learned Idiocy

Mistakes: People keep telling me they learn from their mistakes. And I’m pretty sure they are mistaken. Yes, you learn from a mistake not to do again whatever the mistake happened to be.

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How our brilliant brains make things Easy

The human brain has evolved to make life easy for us. We do most of what we do effortlessly. Yes, we have sometimes unfortunate biases and heuristics that don’t always work for us. But these are exceptions to the brain’s brilliance.

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The Improvisation Borderline

What’s the difference between a performance that is improvised and one that is not? It’s the script, obviously. Yet actors quite rightly object to us supposing that their performances are fixed. Part of their art is to make any performance appear spontaneous. And, of course, if it is live, then it is ‘in the moment’ and in some sense unpredictable.

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Chess – How I learned to play to play

It’s convenient to follow rules. If we already know what to do, there’s no hard thinking required. When we deliberately improvise, we put ourselves freshly into each moment, and give ourselves the opportunity to check out how we are doing with rules and conventions.

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On The Big Stage

It was a routine training conference. Between sessions, there was a nice moment when a guy in shorts and long hair played some jazz on the piano at the side of the stage.

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Don’t make this mistake about mistakes

Mistakes: People keep telling me they learn from their mistakes. And I’m pretty sure they are mistaken. Yes, you learn from a mistake not to do again whatever the mistake happened to be. But, unless there’s a process of elimination among a small, finite set, the mistake is no guide about what to do in order to succeed.

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