I want to expand the reach of human knowledge and ability.
I’m a technologist, designer, and researcher focused on inventing tools and media which help us think. I’m presently independent, following five years at Khan Academy, where I led R&D. We combined practices from product design, academic research, and classroom teachers to explore new possibilities in education.
I write essays about thinking, learning, making, and more. A few:
“Blinded by how,” a personal cautionary tale on the subtle but serious dangers of neglecting “why” for “how”.
“Exalting data, missing meaning,” on the tangled dance of expert insight and data in unsystematized fields.
“Satisfaction and progress in open-ended work,” on finding steady ground in creative ambiguity.
“Musical tone and perceived disonnance,” on why we associate musical dissonance with tension.
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