Experience and Knowledge PHL 220: What is it like to be really good at something?

What is it like to be really good at something?  If you are an expert soccer player, do you need to think about what you are doing as you are doing it?  If you’re a guitarist and you think about the position of your fingers while playing, will this mess you up?  Are expert ballet dancers really performing effortlessly, or does their movement only look effortless?  More generally, after you have developed a high level of skill, do you have explicit knowledge of your actions as you are doing them, or does it all just happen without a “you” even being there? In this course, we’ll delve into these and other questions concerning the relations between thought, action, experience and knowledge.


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