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☠️ What Is The Curse of Knowledge?

Published about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader, ✨

Have you heard of the Curse of Knowledge?

It's a cognitive bias that makes it hard for those with deep understanding to see things from a beginner's perspective. This bias can turn communication into a maze of complexity, leaving learners lost and experts frustrated.

🧑‍🍳 Picture this: A seasoned chef tries to teach a novice how to make a soufflé. Instead of starting with the basics—like separating eggs or preheating the oven—the chef dives into the intricacies of egg foam stability and oven humidity. The novice, overwhelmed and confused, is no closer to making a soufflé than before the lesson began. This is the Curse of Knowledge at play. The chef, so familiar with the process, forgets that what's obvious to them is not obvious to a beginner.

This scenario is all too common in every field, from technology to academia, where experts speak in jargon and complex terms, assuming their audience is on the same page. The result? A communication breakdown that hinders learning and understanding.

So, what can we do to break this curse?

  • For experts: Take a step back and remember your first steps in your field. Simplify your language, use vivid examples that resonate with your audience, and cut down on the jargon. Think back to the chef and the soufflé—start with the eggs, not the atmospheric pressure.
  • For learners: Never be afraid to ask for clarity. If something doesn't make sense, chances are you're not alone in your confusion. Your questions can help experts realize where they need to simplify their explanations.

Let's turn the Curse of Knowledge into an opportunity for growth and learning. Whether you're an expert looking to share your knowledge or a learner eager to absorb it, strive for clear, accessible communication. Remember, the goal is to build bridges of understanding, not walls of complexity.

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✍️ Quote of the week

"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." - Albert Einstein

Stay curious and have a great week! 💙

Artem & Curious Muse team

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