Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Information versus Knowledge, 3

Knowledge on the other hand (as compared with ‘information’) is a noun, likely from Old and Middle English meaning ‘to know’ and denoting action or practice. It can be defined as understanding something through a process developed by learning, by experience of practical application, by evaluating the outcome and determining if it was negative or positive, and course correcting as needed. To again use the vehicle metaphor: you have turned the information into practical skills for caring for and operating the vehicle safely and appropriately. So people perish, not because they don’t have the information . . . but because information alone is insufficient; it must be turned into knowledge and they must know themselves. Remember Socrates: The unexamined life is not worth living.

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