What Is The Difference Between "Knowing That" and "Knowing How"?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"Knowing that" has only to do with the fact that a person knows "what" happens or has happened.  "Knowing how" implies that the person understands the mechanism that makes something happen.

For example, I know that the internet works and I know that computers work.  However, I do not really know how either of those work.  I cannot really explain to you how my typing is made into letters on this page or how the page is made or how the information I type is transmitted to the computer where this site is.