How to Know Things Again

(Part of the Art of Learning series.)

Video from November 16, 2022

[Note: early on in this video I mistakenly say that OpenAI’s GPT-3 was developed by Google. I was mangling the fact that OpenAI was co-founded by Ilya Sutskever, who left Google to do so.]

It’s true that we forget many of the individual things we learn during our studies. That’s why it’s perhaps more important to remember how we learned them. In this talk, I revisit the competence we talked about the first talk, but from the perspective of how to use our full understanding of the “art of learning” to maintain both our knowledge and our ability-to-know things, our learning and our capacity to learn. The goal is to become and remain “knowledgeable” people.

As something new, I frame this competence by contrasting it to the dystopian prospect of “artificial education”. If you’re interested in my thoughts on artificial intelligence, please have a look at the series of post I wrote this summer, which I provided a summary of in the last instalment.

See also: “Academic Knowing (1)” & “Academic Knowing (2)”; “How School Works”; “Getting Better”; “The Moment”; and “1000 Weeks”.