This definitely applies to just about all areas of life! I remember when I was learning to play the game of go, there was a point where I kind of thought I knew what I was doing (I was about 5 kyu, which is pretty bad). Now I realize how totally ridiculous that idea was. Plato wrote (quoting Socrates), "I know that I know nothing." That's so true. The more we learn, the more we realize what a gulf there is between what we know and what is out there to learn.
Well put! Do you think that when you have experienced it once in a field of Knowledge, it will prevent you fall into that trap in another field?
The tricky thing is, I think, that it's easy to get stuck at that level in the middle. For me, go definitely opened up my eyes, and I look at everything, including programming, very differently as a result. Having that epiphany in one field should be transformative, but not everyone actually gets there.
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