Knowledge and Information LO30703

From: AM de Lange (
Date: 10/13/03

Replying to LO30695 --

Dear Organlearners,

Hal Popplewell < > wrote:

>So my assertion that knowledge may only be detected by action
>(internal or external) still stands unchallenged.

Greetings dear Hal,

I wonder of what I am now will write, can be considered as a challange ;-)

Action refers to the "becoming" of
   liveness ("becoming-being")
It is one of the 7Es (seven essentialities of creativity). Although i prefer to
describe knowledge as the capacity to act, i always bear in mind that i
can use any of the 7Es to describe knowledge. For example
   wholeness ("unity-associativity")
is also one of the 7Es. Thus i can describe knowledge as the capacity to
recognise the unity of cognitive entities and their relationships.

Students who arrive at university have their a lot of chemical information
crammed in their heads by memorisation. My task was to make them aware of
knowledge of chemistry in addition to information on chemistry. So from
the first week i designed problems in which they had to connect several
different "parcels" of information together before they could obtain a
solution. Initially they hated this unification because it was completely
alien to what they did at school. But eventually several of them searched
for themselves problems in text-books which tested the wholeness of their
knowledge on chemistry. Sadly, it is "several of them" rather than the
"majority of them".
With care and best wishes


At de Lange <> 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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