May 4, 2021
This is the second part of the episode about Robert Haskell's
book Transfer of Learning.
In this part, we go in detail into the importance of rich
declarative knowledge for transfer. Topics include:
- The difference between surface structure and deep
structure of problems, and how experts can see through the
former to get at the latter, allowing transfer to happen
- How pure scientific discoveries with no application resulted in
groundbreaking technological breakthroughs decades later
- Prolific inventors' advice on what it takes to be a great
inventor (hint: "irrelevant" knowledge)
- How even specialists in procedural knowledge ("skills") openly
admit that rich, well-structured declarative knowledge is the
cornerstone of transfer
Enjoy the episode.