Thursday, 29 July 2021

Given the cognitive specialization of the brain, it is possible for the sensation of understanding, as associated with some object, to be generated almost entirely independently of the capacity to demonstrate a more practical understanding, either by a thorough explanation of the principles and mechanisms which constitute the subject, or by making an accurate prediction based on one's knowledge of the subject. For this reason we should tend to overestimate the validity of explanations, even very accurate or very subtle ones.