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Education Bookcast

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...


May 3, 2021

One central question which I find very difficult to answer is "What is education for?". There seem to be many parallel purposes, most of which are subjective, ill-defined, and hard to measure. It is difficult to navigate between the Scylla of unrealistic expectations far from the core activities of school...


Apr 19, 2021

"Critical thinking" is an idea commonly discussed in education. Most people who talk about it say we need more of it. Almost nobody seems willing or able to define it. I have trouble believing in it.

With anything that I believe, I keep an open mind and even force myself against my cognitive biases to hear out those...


Apr 5, 2021

Phillip Tetlock is an expert on expertise, but of a different kind to the late K. Anders Ericsson. While Ericsson's work focused on experts within "kind" domains (as defined by Range author David Epstein) such as music and chess, where feedback is near-immediate and clear and the rules are known to all and stated at the...


Mar 29, 2021

Jaron Lanier is a Silicon Valley veteran and a pioneer of virtual reality technology. In Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, as you might expect, he outlines his dissatisfaction with the status quo of the Internet. He admits that his generation of Silicon Valley engineers and entrepreneurs...