Daily Archives: October 8, 2019

** Range by David Epstein

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World┬áhas a simple premise: many inventions come from outsiders to the field, or at least people who have outside interests. The author provides many examples of athletes and Nobel prizes who started somewhere else. It’s a compelling story, but of course it’s only a story, and one would want some more validation, of which the author provides only a few, if tantalizing, studies. Perhaps not surprisingly, it seems that deep learning, which forces the learner to struggle a bit instead of getting helpful hints from the start, results in initially worse performance but over time proves to create more resilient and capable learners. May all teachers and parents hear that!

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