Pleasure of knowing

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This text is part of: "I would never send my kids to school" by Piotr Wozniak (2017)

I wrote a big chapter about the pleasure of learning. This chapter might imply that spaced repetition involves no pleasure. In reality, there is a pleasure of knowing. This pleasure may be independent of the observer, i.e. has nothing to do with boasting of knowledge. This pleasure may not even depend on discovery, like in knowing answers to questions in a quiz, where the same knowledge needs to be retrieved and used in new contexts. The pleasure of knowing can be pure. It may not be as pronounced as the pleasure of learning new things, however, it clearly is there and perhaps deserves a more thorough interpretation at this site. I was inspired by this precious vocabulary test. We used it with Kuba before his 13 years of school in a month experiment. I observed it more than once. The test tends to induce fatigue and even sadness. The reason is the gradual increase in the difficulty of vocabulary. The tested subject is enthusiastic at first, because he knows all the answers. Gradually, disappointment sets in, then discouragement and fatigue. Could this be just homeostatic fatigue associated with learning? No. That fatigue dissipates fast after the test. It is the contrast of the pleasure of knowing (at first) with the displeasure of abstract vocabulary (at the end) that clearly demonstrates that pure pleasure of knowing exists.

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