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Synthesis: The Most Important Skill of the Future

October 26, 2013, 11:00 AM
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Since knowledge or information is so readily at hand, more easy to access than ever before, the hard work now is not in memorizing information by rote in the traditional academic model.  It’s really about producing original knowledge and that original knowledge is going to come actually from seeking that synthesis between the importance and the impact that science technology have on our lives with the kind of humanity and the kind of humanizing framework that constitutes the other pole. 

So, we think the synthesis is actually what’s going to produce original knowledge and ideas in the future.  And fortunately, because all of this knowledge, information is at our fingertips, this is what we should be actually spending our time on in the educational system.  

In Their Own Words is recorded in Big Think's studio.

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