Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Is proto-knowledge stable?

The amount of proto-knowledge grows both absolutely and relatively.

Absolute growth of proto-knowledge: As the total amount of information grows over time, so does the proto-knowledge available.

Relative growth of proto-knowledge: As my expertise in a field increases, so does the amount of proto-knowledge for me. The mental framework of an expert consists of more concepts and more connections between concepts. This allows an expert to understand more available proto-knowledge. Also, an expert might have access to more proto-knowledge than a laymen, for example access to certain databases and libraries.

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