1. I’d like to start off by saying, excellent speech.

    You see, in life pretty much everyone knows what they do on a daily basis. Some even know a little bit about how they do it… I say some because how many people really know just how an internal combustion engine works let alone a smart phone.

    It’s interesting that this section was included in your speech. I just recent read an article called Can Rational Arguments Actually Change People’s Minds? and this is one of the points that the author talks about, specifically “The Illusion of Explanatory Depth”.

    Essentially (using your example) because we are around cars and use them often we assume we know how they work. When in actuality we generally do not.

    What you are doing, how you are doing it, and why you are doing it all seem to be intimately related. Without an understanding of all the components your life would be rather… illusory. Illusion of explanation (no how) illusion of purpose (no what) and illusion of meaning (no why).

    I could go on, but suffice it to say my students will be taking some sort of self-assessment at the beginning of school that evaluates their understanding of all three.

    I believe mewithoutYou sums it up pretty well in their song “My Exit, Unfair”:

    Talking all about the second and third When I haven’t understood the first.

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