Learn better from information or misinformation?
Every time I learn a new technology, I go straight to the website and read the "What is Technology X?" blurb. Invariably, their description of their own technology is vague and elusive, so I find the "Learning Technology X" tutorial and start reading. I rarely get past the second or third page. The information they give is too normative or axiomatic, if that makes sense. It doesn't take.
I don't know about this principle in programming, but I know I learned a lot about Romanian by listening to the types of grammar mistakes Romanians make when they speak English.
Yes, I wish they could just splat a two-sentence 'condensate' on the front page.
It's easier to understand something that's "close to" something you already know, than to learn something that is totally new.
Should be working
This is the whole principle behind having a debate - by having polarized, extremist positions presented together, people get to see the best of each side. Also, the extremeists are then forced to defend their positions and a lot of BS falls by the way side. What's unhealthy is seeing only one side of the story.
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