The Mystery of Mastery

 

Mastery isn’t just something that we do in isolation ... It only has meaning if it’s done within a social context.

Adam Gopnik Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Author, At the Strangers' Gate
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The Mystery of Mastery

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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?

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