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: Aspen Ideas 2018

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