Stephen Downes

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This is a fabulous bit of academic sleuthing as Alexandre Enkerli looks for the source of the claim that "it takes ten years to become an expert in anything." He uncovers a number of suggestive works and traces a plausible timeline for the claim, but nothing in history showing it as having been definitively proven. He also notes that Malcolm Gladwell has been acting as though he is the source of the claim: "it doesn't seem that Gladwell himself has done anything to 'set the record straight.' He does quote Levitin in Outliers, but I heard him reply to questions and comments as if the research behind the 'ten years or ten thousand hours' claim had some association with him."

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