Thinking with Relationships

The importance of knowing what your teammates know

In today’s information-saturated workplace, there’s too much knowledge for any one person to keep tabs on. Yet all relevant knowledge must somehow be marshaled and applied in order to accomplish a complex task. The solution to this dilemma lies in creating what psychologists call a “transactive memory system,” in which each person on a team …

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The joy of letting go of our individuality

During this pandemic year, we’ve been living as individuals—isolated individuals, practicing personal responsibility, wearing our own masks, washing our own hands. We’ve done this for the good of the collective as well as to preserve our own health—but the “collective” has existed mostly as an abstract idea. What we haven’t experienced in a while is …

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Paying attention, together, changes the way we think

Imagine a real-life mind meld, in which one brain communicates directly with another. New advances are making this possible—taking people “beyond the confines of their bodies, creating a sort of extended cognition,” writes Laura Sanders in Science News. She points to the research of neuroscientist Rajesh Rao of the University of Washington. In his lab, …

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Teaching others can reignite our passion for the subject

Teaching others what we know can help us understand the material more thoroughly. Science writer John Horgan has just introduced me to another benefit of “teaching to learn”: it can make us excited about and awed by the subject again. In a wonderful piece for Scientific American, Horgan writes that over many years of reporting, …

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