Archive for April, 2013

Confirmation bias

“Confirmation bias is probably the single biggest problem in business, because even the most sophisticated people get it wrong. People go out and they’re collecting the data, and they don’t realize they’re cooking the books.”

-Dan Lovallo (as quoted in Decisive)

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Internship University

“In software engineering, internships and self-directed projects have become far more valuable to the students… than any university class. And they have become more valuable to employers… than any formal credential, class taken, or grade point average.

“[Students] will be motivated to formally learn about linear algebra when working on a computer graphics apprenticeship at Pixar or Electronic Arts. They will want to learn accounting when working under the CFO of a publicly traded company. […]¬†One of the primary roles of the college itself would be to ensure the internships are challenging and intellectual; that they truly do support a student’s development.”

-Salman Khan, What College Could Be Like

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