The Difference Between Knowing the Name of Something and Knowing Something


This one is another article related to Richard Feynman. There is just so much to learn from him. With the vast amount of information before us, we live in a world of generalities. I find myself specially guilty of this with my love for trivia. Today’s needull makes you ask this question to yourself – Do I really understand?

Test it this way: you say, “Without using the new word which you have just learned, try to rephrase what you have just learned in your own language.” Without using the word “energy,” tell me what you know now about the dog’s motion.” You cannot. So you learned nothing about science. That may be all right. You may not want to learn something about science right away. You have to learn definitions. But for the very first lesson, is that not possibly destructive?

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