Understanding 'The New Knowledge Management' LO30423

From: AM de Lange (amdelange@postino.up.ac.za)
Date: 07/29/03

Replying to LO30418 --

Dear Organleaners,

Alan Cotterell <acottere@bigpond.net.au> wrote:

>I suggest we need to go back to first priciples and take
>a closer look at the verb 'to know'.
>In the bible 'adam knew eve' - I suggest this is a correct use
>of the verb. Knowledge comes out of doing. I believe you
>can have all the information in the world at your fingertips, yet
>know nothing - like a baby in front of a computer.

Greetings dear Alan,

I think in the same direction as you, with a slight difference. Knowledge
is the cummulative outcome of learning. Learning itself comes through
creating, the most profound act of doing. This creating is then reflected
in knowledge as the capacity to do.

The word knowledge comes from the Saxon word "cnaw-lec". The suffix "lec"
has become in modern English "-like". So knowledge meant "cnaw-like". So
what does this "cnaw" means? Fasten your mind's seat belt -- emerge! So
knowledge means "emerge-like", something novel which has appeared. This
entails a profound difference between knowledge and information. Knowledge
is an emergent phenomenon and can give rise to emergent phenomena. It is
impossible with information.

I wish i knew something of Hebrew. Since i have taught myself some Koine
Greek (the language of the New Testament), i have become sceptic of

With care and best wishes


At de Lange <amdelange@postino.up.ac.za> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa

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