Less Wrong is a community blog devoted to refining the art of human rationality. Please visit our About page for more information.

Jack comments on Understanding your understanding - Less Wrong

69 Post author: SilasBarta 22 March 2010 10:33PM

You are viewing a comment permalink. View the original post to see all comments and the full post content.

Comments (77)

You are viewing a single comment's thread.

Comment author: Jack 24 March 2010 01:12:29AM *  5 points [-]

What about fuzzy analogical understanding? This is understanding some process or even only with reference to an inexact metaphor: people who think of electricity as a fluid flowing through conductors, think of anatomy as if the body was a society and each part and industry or job, think of animal behavior in terms of the equivalent or similar behavior in humans, etc. This is extremely common in my experience.

I suppose it belongs somewhere between levels 1 and 2.