After some years running the Embassy, I’ll start sharing weekly newsletters with our subscribers. I’ve been postponing it for too long, but, as the Chinese proverb goes, ”The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
Sometimes, I overcomplicate things, and, in this case, I got stuck thinking about all the research I needed to accomplish to write weekly newsletters. After all, most of the articles at Ivory Embassy require study and verification. But, while it’s true that all these learning and problem-solving concepts need preparation, I already have quite some experience and practice solving problems and thinking like a scientist. So why not share these with you?
I will share weekly concepts associated with a scientific mindset, independent thinking, critical thinking, and problem-solving from a scientist’s, communicator’s, and ex-researcher’s point of view. Sometimes, you’ll read about my experience as a researcher, occasionally about my current situation and problem-solving, and other times, I’ll rant about topics that infuriate me to the teeth or excite me. In short, you’ll learn unorthodox ways to think outside the box.
Scientists and other academics spend a lifetime learning tactics and methods for learning and problem-solving. Although many scientists are unaware of it, the training goes beyond the knowledge about their field and scientific processes. Scientists learn how to investigate and solve life issues.
But you don’t need years of academic education to learn problem-solving skills and independent thinking. Anyone willing to learn more can disassemble and purposefully train ideas like many things.
The newsletter format allows you to read my behind-the-scene thoughts and ideas about learning and problem-solving before anyone else, and I’ll get to organize and structure the knowledge. Since practice makes perfect, you can track my development, successes, and failures. And, while the same ideas expressed in the newsletter might eventually appear on the blog or other media, you’d at least have a head start. You’ll already know what [fill the blank] means, how to use it in your everyday life, or why scientists’ heads hurt if they don’t.
I want to keep this project conversational and open to suggestions. In other words, I welcome comments about Ivory Embassy and suggestions for future posts, newsletters, and projects.
So, join the dialogue and become part of Ivory Embassy’s learning community via this link! You’ll receive an e-mail as soon as you’re part of the list and, from then on, you’re also part of the gang. Let me know if you have any issues subscribing; for example, you don’t receive a welcome e-mail or get an error message.
Let’s keep in touch! See you around!