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The significant part of this sentence is "swim". If I said "He has been learning to tie his shoelaces.", it would be as an explanation for why my young son's shoes look the way they do. Tying shoelaces is something that one soon learns, and then continues doing forever. But swimming (or playing a piano, or playing chess, etc.) are skills that one never ...


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The simple explanation is: we cannot learn something we already know. Thus, when we say, "I'm learning X" it must mean I don't know X. The problem with this simple explanation is that it's often not clear what it means to know something. At what point do you know how to swim? When you can keep yourself from drowning? When you can propel yourself through ...


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