backward chaining

I’m not sure if this is what I’m doing, but it’s possible:
“Backward Chaining” Learning Methodology.


“So, what does one do in backward-chaining learning? It is really very simple: we start by finding something about life, or about the world, or about culture, that we are fascinated with. We disregard everything we think we know about learning, and find a question that really fascinates us, a subject we would really love to understand, or a form of creative expression we would really love to master. We don’t worry about having the necessary “background” or “prerequisites” to understand this question or topic. We begin to hunt down everything we can find out about it.
Soon enough, we will find ourselves in the position of being unable to progress any further, because we lack the necessary understanding of some conventionally antecedent subject: e.g., my attempts to understand how the brain works run ashore due to my limited understanding of physiology.
What happens now? I take up the study, not of general biology, or even general physiology, but of neurophysiology. I cannot help but be aware of why I want to study this, and how each piece of knowledge I gain about it serves my overall purpose of understanding the brain. At some point in my study of neurophysiology, I run aground again, this time because I do not understand organic chemistry. I begin to study organic chemistry and find myself chaining backwards into general chemistry. Then, perhaps, I unwind the path I have taken, finish learning what I need to know about organic chemistry, finish learning what I couldn’t learn about neurophysiology because I didn’t know organic chemistry, and arrive back at the brain again.”

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