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There is a continuum in cognitive science between explicit and implicit knowledge. Explicit knowledge is known as data, as information stored as such in the mind -- "knowing that." Implicit knowledge is "knowing how" -- knowledge of how to go about doing something, knowledge that we may or may not be able to describe explicitly.
For instance, if I ask you: "How do you breathe?" you may have no explicit idea how you do it, but you nonetheless continue breathing. Depending how far along the scale something is, implicit knowledge may be converted into explicit, and vice versa. This often happens in learning -- we are told in words how to do something, like writing HTML, and these explicit rules are eventually converted into implicit habits and actions, like instinctively adding "p" tags before a new idea.
Implicit and explicit knowledge - Everything2.com

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