Feynman’s learning rules


Here is a great longread by Anshul Khare about principles  of learning used by Richard Feynman, a famous physicist and Nobel laureate. Apparently, there is a big difference between knowing something and knowing about something, and one simple way to move from declarative knowledge to procedural (oops, I’ve just caught myself using jargon – a big no-no!) is to teach somebody what you have learned.

This is far from surprising, but do check the article for a complete list of Feynman’s steps, terms like ‘chauffeur knowledge’ and ‘the map of the cat’ and quotes like this:

“Teaching isn’t just a way to communicate ideas. The act of teaching generates new ideas in the mind of the teacher. Teaching is thinking. Teaching is learning.”


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