The Mystery of Mastery

For years, Adam Gopnik’s writing has delighted with charming and nostalgic observations of our behavior within the world around us. In this lecture, he’ll use findings from a series of New Yorker essays to ask us, what is it exactly that we do when we learn to do something? When we learn to drive, draw, play the piano, or do magic, what is it that we get good at when we get good, and what's the difference between superficial skill and confident mastery?

Speakers: Adam Gopnik
Festival: 2018

More on this Session

Watch and Listen: Arts

Meet Shimon, the marimba-playing robot that can improvise with fluency and skill exceeding that of most professional... See more
2017 Harman Eisner Artist in Residence Jeff Koons and entertainment industry titan and former Walt Disney Company... See more
Welcome from David G. Bradley and Walter Isaacson A Conversation on the Future with Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots... See more
Are you woke? The Afternoon Jam Session brings together some of the nation’s leading young poets, Jookin’ innovator Lil... See more
The 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival closes out with notable speakers and final thoughts. See more
We need an unprecedented nature of innovation if we are to address the challenges of our time. Traditional innovation... See more

Pages