Knowledge Mobilization (KMb): Multiple Contributions & Multi-Production Of New Knowledge

Original Knowledge

Your own knowledge is original.

4 responses to “Original Knowledge

  1. David Yetman June 6, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Hmm. I am not sure I agree with this knowledge thought. Ideas without question are not original. They are a culmination of cumulative and iterative thinking, passed on from generation to generation, from person to person. Interlocked between the past and present if you will. This is why knowledge transfer is so important. We need methods and processes to store the volumes of information that lead to ideas so that present generations don’t lose past repositories. Now for me, knowledge is not so different either. Knowledge is your conscious (or perhaps unconscious) collection of sensory repositories. It is a culmination of what your senses experience and what your brain stores, how we interpret information through the senses. Some epistemologists find it hard to separate knowledge and experience. I agree that there may be novel interpretations of information (like in a PhD thesis) but knowledge is a collective embodiment of a greater sum of parts. I believe knowledge is intertwined in the universe like nature, interconnected and one. What one person sows another reaps. Ever hear of William Paley’s story of the watch in the field? The story goes that a man finds a single watch in an open field but has no idea what a watch is and has never seen one before. This is the first and only watch that exists in the world. Does he now have new knowledge of the watch, of naming it perhaps, of understanding its components and then trying to recreate it? No he doesn’t. The fact that the watch has components means that someone else assembled it before, with preexisting knowledge. The problem in this story is that the knowledge repository wasn’t preserved, but lost between the two thought transactions.

    • KMbeing June 6, 2011 at 9:43 am

      Thanks for the very deep thought about original knowledge David. When I refer to one’s own knowledge as being original, I mean in the sense that no one else can experience exactly this knowledge in exactly the same way. Each moment of acquiring knowledge through our individual experiences is never the same as anyone else’s. It’s only in sharing our individual knowledge that we continue to add to knowledge. But knowledge is a dynamic process that continues to flow and be used differently in different situations. In this sense, whenever knowledge is used from each individual (with our own unique qualities and abilities) – it is original.

  2. David Yetman June 6, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Its unique but not original!

    I’m a deep thinker, what can I say…born to be a philosopher perhaps??

    • KMbeing June 7, 2011 at 10:51 am

      I’m thankful for deep thinkers like yourself David. Some of us are born to be philosophers to think about knowledge, while all of us are born to turn knowledge into action. Thanks for your comments.

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