Access knowledge by aspects
How does knowledge's need for consciousness affect your productivity?
In order to carry out purposeful tasks you need knowledge.
At any given time, knowledge is in one of the two latter stages of the four stages of competence. It is either
- conscious knowledge (e.g. when you learn how to drive a car) or
- unconscious knowledge (e.g. when you have become an experienced driver).
The larger the extent to which knowledge can be sourced from your unconscious, the more productive you get at carrying out a task - not only in terms of efficiency but also in terms of learning new knowledge.
Linked concepts and the limits of your conscious mind
Knowledge itself can be understood as a collection of linked concepts. So learning can be understood as incorporating such linked concepts by having ideas. Our minds link ideas by concepts, i.e. implementation, or name, which is in fact a public access method of the mind's Thought API for that implementation.
New knowledge passes two fundamental stages while being learnt:
- craft a set of linked concepts into conscious knowledge (turning yourself into an amateur), and then
- push down that knowledge into the unconscious (turning yourself into a professional) — freeing your mind for crafting further sets of linked concepts into further conscious knowledge.
Miller's law states that the number of concepts an average person can hold in working memory is about seven. This phenomenon poses a limit to the power of your mind for mastering complex tasks. (A complex task is a task that requires several linked concepts.) If most of those linked concepts are not used regularly, then they won't make it to the unconscious level and thus occupy valuable positions in your working memory.
How can dataspects leverage your mind?
When asked to perform a task, you have to tie in — for the right reasons — many skills and concepts:
- some of which you know by heart,
- some of which you know sketchily and
- some of which you don't know, but may know how (not where!) to look them up and learn to use them the right away for the right reason.
So in order to serve as an efficient processing (rather than just a storage) extension to your mind, dataspects must be able to present to you an aspect containing no more than about 7 concepts.
It is your task to learn and practice as much in a domain so that most, if not all of those 7 concepts are unconscious knowledge.
Freely mixing metaphors, we have in our head a remarkably powerful computer, not fast by conventional hardware standards, but able to represent the structure of our world by various types of associative links in a vast network of various types of ideas.
As Alfred North Whitehead put it:
Civilization advances by increasing the number of important operations that humans can carry out without thinking about them.