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We take books for granted because we assume people absorb knowledge by reading sentences:“The author describes an idea in words on the page; the reader reads the words; then the reader understands the idea. When the reader reaches the last page, they’ve finished the book.”
This assumption, called Transmissionism is deeply flawed. It's not based on any cognitive model & does not work in preactice for the majority of readers.
To understand something, you must actively engage with it. This is what happens when books work:
These skills fall into a bucket which learning science calls “metacognition.” They are challenging to learn & that many adults lack them.
Life-long learner. Passionate about leadership, entrepreneurship, philosophy, Buddhism & SF. Founder @deepstash.
Andy Matuschak thinks we need to create new mediums for transmitting knowledge and makes a strong argument against books as a medium.
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