Asking questions leads us to think more deeply about our experiences. The more deeply we think about the cases we experience, the more detailed the indices we build between them get. And the more detailed these indices are, the better we are able to use knowledge gained in one context in some other context. For example, if I eat sashimi for the first time, I might label it as "sushi without the rice." Or I might label it as "sushi without the rice, leading to a blander taste experience due to the lack of contrast in textures." The second label is not only more detailed, it is more useful. It allows us to apply experiences we have had with other examples of "lack of contrast to what we know about raw fish." The better our indexing, the more prepared we are to plan for and react to the world we operate in.
The Fundamental Lessons of Learning Theory
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