This nicely explains why I feel so embarrassed when I learn that someone I’m talking with is more knowledgeable than I thought. I wonder how to avoid subconscious overconfidence- / humility-projecting.
It might work to add a TAP for thinking “if this person were much more/less knowledgeable than me, would I have the same presentation in this conversation?”
That’s a good point. My communication changes a lot too and it’s one reason why I’m often reluctant to explain ideas in public rather than in private; it’s much harder to adjust the narrative and humility-level.
To be a bit more specific; I think there are multiple reasons why you would communicate in different ways to people on different levels of knowledge. One is because you could “get away with more” around people who know less than you. But another is that you would expect people at different parts of the curve to know different things and talk in different ways, so if you just optimized for their true learning, the results would be quite different.