Why does knowledge build compounded?

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Mathematical compounding is very well understood. But how does it translate to learning? What’s really happening as compounding when we learn something with prior information that leads to greater output vs no prior information?

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Schema formation is what you’re looking for

Your brain loves predicting the world, and the more knowledge you have on something the easier it is to integrate more because you can predict parts of it with your prior knowledge. It gets to the point you can extrapolate some knowledge without having to learn it due to this