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Elon Musk On Fundamental Knowledge

Saw this on the Reddit AMA with Elon Musk today and he is talking about the value of understanding fundamentals before you become an expert.

 

[–]ElonMuskOfficial[S] 5103 pointsx2

I do kinda feel like my head is full! My context switching penalty is high and my process isolation is not what it used to be.

Frankly, though, I think most people can learn a lot more than they think they can. They sell themselves short without trying.

One bit of advice: it is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree — make sure you understand the fundamental principles, ie the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.

Comments

  1. true! getting my fundamentals down in university and loving the progress so far. So many resources to look at like this blog and podcasts.