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On Making Science Interesting, The "Curse of Knowledge" and The Myth of "Dumbing Down" (A Letter to My Co-Fellows)

Dear Co-Fellows:

I believe that we are all like 13 year olds learning a new and difficult topic, especially in a challenging field as rheumatology. And sometimes, we have been told not to be “too basic” or “too elementary” in our explanations; that we should use the scientific language to speak and explain… 414 more words

Reflections

Cursed Knowledge Be Damned!

Here’s a great essay that attempts to identify “The Source of Bad Writing,” by Steven Pinker, who makes the case that bad writing is often caused by the “curse of knowledge.” This curse afflicts writers who assume, consciously or not, that their readers understand as much about their topic as they do. 181 more words