Tacit and Explicit Knowledge
Much of what humans know we cannot say. And much of what we do we cannot describe. For example, how do we know how to ride a bike when we can’t explain how we do it? Abilities like this were called “tacit knowledge” by physical chemist and philosopher Michael Polanyi, but here Harry Collins analyzes the term, and the behavior, in much greater detail, often departing from P...more
Good food for thought. Oddly, when I got to the last chapter, I was almost crying. Reminds me of Lewis Thomas's essay analogizing ant-hill building and human languaging. ...more
It was useful to go over the different levels of how well something is known. If this book could be distilled down into a pop-psycology style book I could see it having use.