Thoughts on Skills and Knowledge – Corrected Proof

Related to Dr Bartley's editorial on ignorance, epistemology, and the circle of least confusion, I wish to share how the concept of useful ignorance can be applied to the 4 stages of skill acquisition. As taught to me by my father, the stages are unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence, and, finally, unconscious competence. We cannot learn to do something without first becoming aware (sometimes painfully so) that we are unable to perform what otherwise looks like a doable task. And thus we step from unconscious incompetence to conscious incompetence. In much the same way, researchers move from unconscious ignorance to (Read more...)

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