“You only know something if you can explain it”

by 130188 on August 10, 2017

I believe that before considering that someone needs to be able to explain something in order to validate that they know it, we must first understand that explanation from human to human requires one to vocalise their knowledge, however language is only one of the many different ways of knowing. The problem with such a statement is that it does not lend itself to knowledge through memory, intuition, emotion, etc…

For instance, if one is to think about the movie, “The Bourne Identity”, we can clearly see an example of memory. The protagonist loses his entire memory, yet retains knowledge (such as how to fight) without knowing it. Before he finds out about this, there was no way he could have vocalised the knowledge through his training, yet it was there, so the concept of the statement falls apart.

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