Curse of Knowledge -Mental Model 096

Why Experts Make Poor Teachers

A difficulty in imagining what it is like for someone else not to know something that you know.


Example: A brilliant professor often forgets the difficulties that a young student encounters when learning a new subject, and thus communicates at a level more complex than the student can understand.


Wisdom: “Anyone who wants to lift the curse of knowledge must first appreciate what a devilish curse it is. Like a drunk who is too impaired to realize that he is too impaired to drive, we do not notice because the curse prevents us from noticing.” — Steven Pinker


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