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This is a blog about Tacit Knowledge. Explore the unconscious structure behind that special moment of “insight” when we suddenly understand something and cry out “Aha! Now I get it!”. Ideas offered here are based on the theory of tacit knowledge laid out by Michael Polanyi. He claimed there were two kinds of awareness. The obvious one, called “focal”, is the directed awareness that you have when examining something with conscious attention. The more subtle awareness he called “subsidiary”. It lurks off to the side in a nearly subconscious sense of pieces and parts that point to your focal awareness. Understanding a complex idea requires having all the “subsidiary particulars” making up that idea loaded into your subconscious but in a subsidiary way. Only after these parts integrate together forming a comprehensive whole do we sense that we understand that complicated idea. The moment of tacit integration is the insight moment and it happens in a flash outside of consciousness. How can we understand the process of forming a tacit integration? What impact does that understanding have on attempts to learn and teach? What does current research say about this and how can we use this theory to improve education in general? These questions and more will be covered here. Click HERE to find my book on Amazon.com

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