iii. What is Deep Learning?

Before you watch this video, go to the comments section below and share with us your initial ideas of WHAT DEEP LEARNING MEANS TO YOU.

This is actually one of the great ways to amplify your ability to learn, by first triggering and explicating your PRIOR KNOWLEDGE (more on this in Module 2)

What is Shallow Learning?

1. Just consuming inputs:

2. No clear direction

3. Assumes homogeniety of what we need to learn

4. Assumes all knowledge is valued equally

5. Not linking to real-world clinical practice

6. Interest is temporary and not kindled.

7. Focused on the finite game 

8. Emphasis on fast progress

9. Creates an illusion of fluency

10. Collecting a bunch of tools, tactics and strategies, without extracting the principles.  


1. Deep learning is personal.

2. Deep learning is directional.

3. Deep learning is a pursuit of your frontier.

4. Deep learning is leveraging.

5. Deep learning is instrumental.

6. Deep learning has its own intrinsic value.

7. Deep learning sees the infinite game.

8. Deep learning is slow.

9. Deep learning is to create an internal map of the external world.

10. Deep learning is principle-based, not just learning a bunch of examples.

Optional Readings:

(Only if you want to geek out)

  1. Make It Stick by Peter Brown et al., 2014
  2. How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine...For Now, by Stanislas Dehaene, 2019
  3. Vygotsky, L. S. (1978). Mind in society: The development of higher psychological processes. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.