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Ten Intellectual Heroes for Self-Renewal and Performance

Name
Field
Idea
Jerome Bruner (1915 ) Cognitive Psychology, Education The perfectibility of intellect
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Wendell Johnson (1906 1965) General Semantics, Speech Pathology Language mastery as gateway to reaching intellectual potential
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Neil Postman (1931 2003) Media Ecology Education as counterbalance
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1803 1882)
Philosophy Teaching as provocation, not instruction
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Soren Kierkegaard (1813 1855) Philosophy, Theology Navigating uncertainty
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Roger Schank (1946 ) Artificial Intelligence, Education Developing the battle tactics of persuasion
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Gregory Bateson (1904 1980) Anthropology, Systems Thinking Information: A difference that makes a difference
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George Polya (1887 1985) Mathematics The art of guessing
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William Zinsser (1922 ) Writing Writing more clearly to think more clearly
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Robert Nozick (1938 2002) Philosophy Spiral: The geometry of transformative thinking
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