I started a new book the other day, Moonwalking with Einstein, & after only three chapters I had to put some thoughts to paper. These are an ad hoc mixture of ideas, some half-formed:
- Expertise requires memory, knowledge, experience
- Experts literally remember more, break rule of 7
- Memorizing used to be expected
- This was how information was internalized, how it became part of you
- How to memorize also taught
- New experience, novel experiences always compared/filtered thru past experience, thru our memories
First, students are not experts as defined thus far, because:
- they do not have enough experience;
- they are not taught how to remember;
- they are no longer expected to remember.
We externalize our collective memory – google, flickr, instagram, phone contacts (when was the last time you remembered a phone number?!). Does this mean just because I can ‘google’ it, it’s meaningless knowledge and not worth remembering?