This post is part of a series on What is Sloww?:
- Sloww Stage Support (Lifelong Learning): How do I learn for life?
- Sloww Stage 1 (Intentional Living): How do I design a lighter lifestyle?
- Sloww Stage 2 (Life Purpose): How do I find deeper purpose?
- Sloww Stage 3 (Mental Mastery): How do I master the mind?
- Sloww Stage 4 (Spiritual Realization): How do I see beyond mind?
Stage Support Contents:
Sloww Stage Support (Lifelong Learning): How do I learn for life?
Overview of Stage Support
Stage Support Essential Question:
- “How do I learn for life?”
Stage Support Student Focus:
- Synthesizers asking questions, following curiosity, connecting dots, and opening mind to whatever unfolds.
Stage Support Description:
- Learning has been the foundation of everything from the very beginning. When I was deep in my existential crisis in late 2015, my natural instinct was to question everything and start searching for answers. Searching led to researching which led to a lot of reading. Reading led to notetaking and summarizing. The more I learned, the more I started to analyze. And, ultimately, it all converged on synthesizing. The visual below shows how a lifelong learning structure supports all human development stages. This lifelong learning is considered “horizontal development” (or “translation”/”transfer”) because it’s adding new skills, information, and knowledge to your current “stage” of mind—as opposed to human development which is considered “vertical development” (or “transformation”) because it’s accessing new worldviews, perspective-taking, and meaning-making. This will make more sense as the blanks are completed in the rest of the post series, but here’s more about the relationship between horizontal and vertical development if you’re interested.
Stage Support Posts (Full List)
Note: Links with a lock icon (🔒) go to a Premium post.
Posts on Reading & Notetaking
- Next-Level Note-Taking: “How to Take Smart Notes” by Sönke Ahrens (Book Summary) + 🔒 Premium Summary
- Zettelkasten 101: An Intro to the Smart Note-Taking System of Niklas Luhmann
- Digital Notetaking: “Building a Second Brain” by Tiago Forte (Book Summary)
Posts on Adult, Lifelong, & Transformative Learning
Adult Learning / Lifelong Learning:
- The Science of Successful Learning: “Make It Stick” (Book Summary) + 🔒 Premium Summary
- Translating Expertise into Great Instruction: “Teaching Complex Ideas” by Arnold Wentzel (Book Summary)
- Inner Journey to Optimal Performance: “The Art of Learning” by Josh Waitzkin (Book Summary)
- Become an Ultralearner: “Ultralearning” by Scott Young (Book Summary + Infographic)
- 10 Insights to Inspire Your Inner Generalist from “Range” by David Epstein (Book Summary)
- A Comprehensive Guide to Lifelong Learning: “Learning in Adulthood” (Book Summary)
- Perspective Transformation: “Transformative Dimensions of Adult Learning” by Jack Mezirow (Book Summary)
- Transform Your Mind: “Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning” by Patricia Cranton (Book Summary)
- 🔒 Transformative Learning Synthesis: How to Transform Your Perspective (+ Infographics)
Posts on Synthesis & Interdisciplinarity
- 25 Synthesis Quotes to inspire the Aspiring Synthesizers
- 🔒 Meta-Synthesis: 100+ Quotes on Synthesis, Synthesizers, & Synthesizing Minds
- “A Synthesizing Mind” by Howard Gardner (Book Summary) + 🔒 Premium Summary
- Synthesizers: Why the Future Belongs to the Idea Connectors
- Combinatorial Creativity: The Art of “New” Ideas & Why Everything is a Remix
- 🔒 Maria Popova Synthesis: How to be a World-Class Synthesizer like “Brain Pickings” (+ Infographic)
- “So, what do you do?” An Introduction to Synthesis, Integration, Interdisciplinarity, & More
- Integrating the Disciplines: “Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies” (Book Summary)
- Process & Theory: “Interdisciplinary Research” by Repko & Szostak (Book Summary)
- 🔒 Interdisciplinary Synthesis: How to be an Interdisciplinarian (+ Infographics)
- “7 Transdisciplinary Cognitive Skills for Creative Education” (Book Summary)
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