What is Understanding? | Scott H Young - Deepstash

We all know the difference between memorising something we don't understand and the satisfaction of genuinely understanding something.

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Understanding as connected information

To understand something means having many connections between it and its related ideas.

We develop understanding by drawing relationships between what we already unde...

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Understanding as flexible action

To understand something means to be able to apply it and various ways. Understanding chess means being able to play well from a variety of different positions. Understanding a...

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Understanding as explanatory ability

There are many situations where we can behave flexibly but can't claim to have a deep understanding—for example, teaching someone how to tread water.

Alternatively, we may think that ...

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Understanding as identifying broad, abstract principles

We may view understanding as noticing deeper principles - the broad patterns that underlie an issue. Understanding is then a mental process rather than an outward result.

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Understanding as concrete mental simulation

Understanding can also be the ability to visualise or simulate what's happening in a concrete problem. 

These kinds of simulations played a vital role in the...

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There is no singular process behind understanding.

  • Increased and varied exposure to an idea or skill should help to develop most forms of understanding.
  • The flex...

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