What about books | conferences?

Responding to a frequent question yet again, I decided to post an answer to the “what about books | conferences?” question.

And, as usual, the transcript.

Once again, after talking about how learning requires meaningful practice, I was asked the seemingly timeless question: “but what about books?” Similarly, I regularly get “what about conferences?”  So, for the record, let me say when and why books and lectures make sense. And when not. Hopefully I won’t have to answer another “what about books | conferences?” question.

To start, learning is action and reflection. That is, learning ‘outside’ formal instruction. We act in the world and reflect on it to cement the lesson. It’s slightly more complicated, because certain things, e.g. Geary’s biologically primary things, may not really need reflection. Further some things may be really challenging to learn on your own even with reflection. But basically, doing things and reflecting (which can be reading, experimenting, writing/representing), etc is the way we learn on our own

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