What Do We Know About Knowledge?

Stephen Downes, LearnScope, Mar 17, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This short article is the first of a series I am writing for Learnscope in Australia. In it, I introduce in a nutshell the idea of knowledge and talk a bit about what we know and how we know. My message, in a nutshell, is that "No bit of knowledge, then, stands alone and in isolation from the rest. The accumulation of knowledge is fundamentally different from the accumulation of grains of sand, where each item could be acquired and stored as though it were a unique and distinct entity. In any form of knowledge, there is a process not only of acquiring some new experience, but also of assessing it and placing it in its proper location in the larger system."
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