Knowledge and Information LO30855

From: Mark W. McElroy (
Date: 12/28/03

Replying to LO30849 --

Dear Dwig:

Always a pleasure to hear from you. Lest there be any doubt of my
allegiances, Karl Popper's epistemology has always been at the root of
my thinking in Knowledge Management and OL. Thank you for quoting

I say this because of the importance of the issue of 'truth' in the
theory and practice of OL -- or, more importantly, because of the
common lack of its consideration in such things. Popper advised (and
I agree) that we should avoid "like the plague" disputes over what we
mean by the term 'truth.' Instead, we should ask the simple question
of whether "there cannot be such a thing as the correspondence between
a statement and a fact." Like him, I believe there can be.

If so, then we should strive to achieve such a correspondence whenever
we can as a compelling basis for practical and 'effective' action.
This, then, is the foundation of what some of us have been calling
'The New Knowledge Management,' and it differs from most conceptions
of 'knowledge' in OL to the extent that it rests on an explicit
correspondence theory of truth.

If you have not yet seen the comparative implications of this
("Critical Rationalist") corporate epistemology with other ideas that
it competes with, please see the following:

[Host's Note: Mark showed me this in a recent face to face meeting.
This brief document, especially the chart on page 3, is very
interesting. Thanks, Mark! ..Rick]

At the end of the day, the application of Popper's epistemology to KM
in the form of what some of us now call 'The New KM' leads to a
methodology we call K-STREAM (KM Strategy and Implementation
Methodology). At KMCI, we're starting to teach classes on it in
March. More about it (K-STREAM) and our classes can be found at the
following URL:


Thanks again, Dwig!



Mark W. McElroy
President, KMCI, Inc. []
CEO, Macroinnovation Associates, LLC []
(802) 436-2250

-----Original Message-----
I did look up "death of knowledge", and found some things that may be
interesting, including a way of using Google:

The majority of the hits (496 as of today) are about a musical piece
by Waltari (don't know if that's a person or a band), called "Yeah!
Yeah! Die! Die! Death Metal Symphony in Deep C"; Part 4 is called
'The Struggle For Life And Death Of "Knowledge" ' (double quotes in
the original).
[..snip by your host..]


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