Illusion of Explanatory Depth
Posted on November 17, 2006 Comments (11)
The “Illusion of Explanatory Depth”: How Much Do We Know About What We Know? (broken link was removed)
I wouldn’t be surprised, however, if it turns out that the illusion of explanatory depth leads many researchers down the wrong path, because they think they understand something that lies outside of their expertise when they don’t.
Great stuff. It took me a lot longer to stop asking why, why, why than most kids. I only gave up after years of repeated obvious clues that I was not suppose to ask why (once I aged past 5 or 8 or something – I actually have no idea when it is no longer desired). But most days I, curious cat, want to ask how does that work, why do we do that, why can’t we… I just stop myself. But it does mean I asked myself and realized I don’t really know. So I am at least more aware how little I really know, I think I am anyway.
The internet is a great thing. Google doesn’t mind if you ask as many questions as you want.