Knowledge and Information LO30706

From: Philip Keogh (
Date: 10/15/03

Replying to LO30703 --

Hi At

You wrote...

"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"."

I think it is significant that when one is active and one searches for
knowledge and this search has associated with it some "passion" or reason
to search, then the internalization of that knowledge is successful.

Conversely, if one receives information, "learn by rote", become a
depository for information without understanding it, and not having a care
for its existence (past, present or future), the learning does not take
place - memorization only.

You can no doubt identify where most of my thoughts have originated from
(Polanyi), but the more I read of his works the more I appreciate them.
But more than this his ideas are so pragmatic. Perhaps this is because of
his scientific background.

Reading the threads of this series of interchanges, I would like to point
out to fellow readers his works. I am not a philosopher by any means and
found them a difficult read at first, but with perseverence and the help
of others I have come to a better understanding of them.


Philip Keogh
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