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April 9, 2009

Rick Leir
» Infotopia

Infotopia : how many minds produce knowledge / Cass R. Sunstein, Oxford University Press, 2006

Much can be learned from how wikis, prediction markets and open source can generate correct information based on input from many people.  “This extraordinary work synthesizes the latest in how we know, with the latest in what the web has become, to map more compellingly than any other book the promise and risk of the information society.”
–Lawrence Lessig

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February 5, 2009

Rick Leir
» Pragmatic thinking and learning

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Pragmatic thinking and learning : refactor your wetware / by Andy Hunt, Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2008.

Here is a book about how the brain works, written by programmers for programmers.  It is general, and will be interesting to anyone trying to learn to think better.  The ‘pragmatic’ movement joined with others in 2001 to form the ‘agile manifesto’.

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July 15, 2008

Rick Leir
» The Cambridge handbook of expertise

book coverThe Cambridge handbook of expertise and expert performance / edited by K. Anders Ericsson, Cambridge University Press, 2006

A compilation of academic papers on how to train and educate experts . Yikes, 900 pages!

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