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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

Hardcover, 200 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by University of Chicago Press
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Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hilarious, if you read it closely. This guy, though, needs to read more linguistics theory. We are way ahead of him, I think.

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.
Jun 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Felt more like I was reading some dusty professors mangum opus on their specialty. It was written by academics for academics with questionable use.

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.
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Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A little less confused with the world of knowledge after reading this book.... a little!
Theresa Macphail
I love Harry Collins for the effort he puts into being as scientific about his terms and their interrelationship as possible. That being said, this example felt like overkill (i.e. a tad pedantic). Still, if you want to know more about how we know what we know - and you're looking for a creative extension of Polanyi's text - then this is a must. ...more
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