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On a similar related subject, I remember that when I was learning to sail many years ago, the instructor said there were 4 stages people went through:At the start they are (1) Unconciously Incompetent. They are not aware of what is involved and don't know how to do what is required. Then they become (2) Conciously Incompetent. They become aware of what is needed but can't do it. The next stage is they are (3) Conciously Competent. This is where they can do what is needed but have to think carefully about it. The final stage is to be (4) Unconciously Competent, where the person can act in the right way without having to think (at least conciously) about it.I rather liked this description of a learning process. It applies widely to motor skills, like driving for example, but I suspect it comes into play in lots of areas.
I am a retired engineer and my experience in the natural sciences leads me to conclude that these natural sciences are far more concerned with knowing than with understanding.