The latest video we’re keen to share with you is of Mark Rober speaking at TEDx Penn. It’s titled “The Super Mario Effect – Tricking Your Brain Into Learning More”, and we found the roughly 15 minute video appealing on a number of levels:
Mark is an American engineer, inventor and YouTube star – his channel has 4 million subscribers currently (December 2018). His videos cover popular science, DIY gadgets and goofy but creative ideas (like liquid sand and gigantic waterpistols). A NASA engineer for nine years earlier in his career, Mark’s playful style entertains viewers into learning science, engineering and design.
The trick to learning more, and having more success, is finding the right way to frame the learning process...what if you just framed the learning process in such a way that you didn’t concern yourself with failure? How much more successful could you be? How much more could you learn?”
Some nuggets from the video:
Interestingly too, the basic coding challenge referred to in the video has had a positive impact – see the comments on the video itself. One viewer described how she learnt from the challenge that “anyone could code” and she is now a programmer and designer “because of this ONE experiment”!
This concept of life gamification is more than just ‘Have a positive attitude’ or ‘Never give up’ because those imply you’re having to endure against your true desire to quit. I feel that when you frame a challenge or learning process in the way I’m describing, you actually want to do it. It feels natural to ignore the failures and try again.”
Update (June 2021):