If all knowledge has intention, the intention of incoming knowledge is to become part of your extended mind, or else be gotten out of the way as soon as possible.
Imagine an email sitting in your inbox that you need to respond to. Each time you open your inbox you glance at the subject a feel a brief pang of guilt. This email is knowledge that has poor intentionality.
Changes to your mind comes in many forms:
- Facts that can be retrieved when necessary (knowledge)
- Changes in your automated responses when performing actions (skill)
- Abstract patterns that change your outlook (wisdom)
- Facts that can be retrieved from an external system when necessary (external knowledge)
Hopefully you can see why "just Google it" isn't the answer to everything. Even skills and wisdom are built from readily available knowledge applied over time.
Part 1 will cover tools that help you build knowledge, skills, wisdom, and external knowledge according to the best principles known in cognitive science.
First you'll learn an incredible tool for committing facts to memory known as a spaced repetition system.
Next you'll learn about deliberate practice: the proven way to become masterful in any complex activity. While there is no one tool to practice anything, you'll understand when to seek deliberate practice and how to evaluate a practice regiment.
There's no proven path to wisdom or even agreement of what that means. However, you'll learn about wisdom's evil twin: bias and how to recognize many cases of when you're engaging in poor pattern matching. Wisdom is best pursued in a community, so part 2 will cover engaging your ideas with a diverse external audience, leading to wisdom when bias is avoided.
Computers greatly enhance how much we can know. But there are better and worse ways to organize knowledge that you may come back to later.
Unfortunately, not everything should be in your mind, external or not. So we'll begin with some techniques for filtering out information as part of your input system.
Once you're equipped with the tools for an incredible input system to building your extended mind, we'll turn open the pipes: some of the great resources for letting in the intelligent, fun, inspiring, and mind-expanding knowledge out there.