Learning, unlearning and relearning

Confusing and fascinating: learning how to ride a “backwards bike” — when you steer right, it turns left. As he says, knowledge ≠ understanding

(via Stellar Interesting)

“Once you have a rigid way of thinking in your head, sometimes you cannot change that, even if you want to.”

But shouldn’t we always try?


2 thoughts on “Learning, unlearning and relearning

  1. Good point. I think about it in terms of many language classes: the difference between knowing a word, say, or a grammar point and being able to use it is sometimes different. Maybe that’s the difference between knowledge and practice, or maybe it’s knowledge and understanding. Praxis?

  2. nice video, i remember some time ago a street guy betting passer-bys that they could not ride his backwards bike, a nice little earner!

    re knowledge does not equal understanding is truer for procedural kinds of knowledge that is automatic and below consciousness like riding a bike but less true for declarative kinds knowledge which is conscious and not automatic


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