Yogi Berra famously said, “In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.”
Whenever one starts learning about a new field of knowledge or begins acquiring a new skill, the first confusion is always this — what’s the right combination of theory and practice?
You can devour a hundred books on swimming but nothing happens until you jump in the water. At the same time, just splashing around won’t get you anywhere unless you know the theory about how humans swim, how to move in the right way.
We’ve all acquired many skills over our life time. Some basic skills like speaking and walking are either biological or a product of our environment. Other skills which might have looked impossible for pre-historic man — like reading, writing, cycling, driving — are also so common today that we rarely pause to deconstruct how we acquired those skills.
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