innate knowledge

Someone asked how it was possible to forget innate knowledge. This was my answer.

There are lots of ways for something to be innate. An easy example that allows you to forget innate knowledge: Let it have the same status as acquired knowledge. Your genes set up the brain circuits so that at age 13 you automatically know that all adults are stupid, exactly as if you’d learned it from experience. Then, just like anything else you know, you can forget it. (Some never do, like Bobby Fischer.)

updated 28 June 2000