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Knowledge

Definition of knowledge

Knowledge is a familiarity, awareness, or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, information, descriptions, or skills, which is acquired through experience or education by perceiving, discovering, or learning.

Knowledge can refer to a theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. It can be implicit (as with practical skill or expertise) or explicit (as with the theoretical understanding of a subject); it can be more or less formal or systematic. In philosophy, the study of knowledge is called epistemology;

Knowledge acquisition involves complex cognitive processes: perception, communication, and reasoning; while knowledge is also said to be related to the capacity of acknowledgement in human beings.

Freedom and knowledge

As we have learned from our new life on the new planet, living in freedom requires among other things knowledge. The more knowledge we win, the less fear we are about to feel. The definition of knowledge is mentioning also the source and what is required.

In the following, we are about to learn the explanations from the great philosopher Immanuel Kant and about the steps of the scientific method. One explains the sources of knowledge, the other explains how is the process for gaining knowledge.

True knowledge can only come from experiences

(Immanuel Kant)

So Kant maintained that we are justified in applying the concepts of the understanding to the world as we know it by making a priori determinations of the nature of any possible experience. In order to see how this works in greater detail, let’s concentrate on the concepts of relation, which govern how we understand the world in time. As applied in the Analogies of Experience, each concept of relation establishes one of the preconditions of experience under one of the modes of time: duration, succession, and simultaneity.

1. Substance:

The experience of any change requires not only the perception of the altered qualities that constitute the change but also the concept of an underlying substance which persists through this alteration. (E.g., in order to know by experience that the classroom wall has changed in color from blue to yellow, I must not only perceive the different colors—blue then, yellow now—but also suppose that the wall itself has endured from then until now.) Thus, Kant supposed that the philosophical concept of substance (reflected in the scientific assumption of an external world of material objects) is an a priori condition for our experience.

2. Cause:

What is more, the experience of events requires not only awareness of their intrinsic features but also that they be regarded as occurring one after another, in an invariable regularity determined by the concept of causality. (E.g., in order to experience the flowering of this azalea as an event, I must not only perceive the blossoms as they now appear but must also regard them as merely the present consequence of a succession of prior organic developments.) Thus, Kant responded to Hume’s skepticism by maintaining that the concept of cause is one of the synthetic conditions we determine for ourselves prior to all experience.

3. Community:

Finally, the experience of a world of coexisting things requires not only the experiences of each individually but also the presumption of their mutual interaction. (E.g., in order believe that the Sun, Earth, and Moon coexist in a common solar system, I must not only make some estimate of the mass of each but must also take into account the reciprocity of the gravitational forces between them.) Thus, on Kant’s view, the notion of the natural world as a closed system of reciprocal forces is another a priori condition for the intelligibility of experience.

Notice again that these features of nature are not generalized from anything we have already experienced; they are regulative principles that we impose in advance on everything we can experience. We are justified in doing so, Kant believed, because only the pure concepts of the understanding can provide the required connections to establish synthetic a priori judgments. Unless these concepts are systematically applied to the sensory manifold, the unity of apperception cannot be achieved, and no experience can be made intelligible.

Learn the process for gaining knowledge

The 6 steps of the scientific method

Step 1: Ask A Question

The scientific method begins with asking a question about something that has been observed. Good questions must be about something that can be measured.

They typically begin with how, what, when, who, which, why or where.

Step 2: Do Research and search for already existing conclusions for identical problems or situations

One needs to read about the topic from the question so that he or she will have some background knowledge of the topic. Gather information and search for already existing conclusions for 100% authentic problem.

This will keep the human from repeating mistakes that have been made in the past.

Step 3: Formulate a Hypothesis

A hypothesis1) is an educated guess about the answer to your question. The hypothesis must be measurable and answer the original question you asked.

1) A hypothesis is something more than a wild guess but less than a well-established theory.

Step 4: Test with Experimentation

The experiment tests whether the hypothesis is true or false. It is important for the test to be fair, so this means that the human may need to run multiple tests. He or she will be sure to only change one factor at a time in the experiment so that he or she can determine which factor is causing the difference.

Step 5: Record and analyse the Observations and Results

During the experiment, the human will record all his or her observations. Once the experiment is complete, he or she will collect and measure all the data to see if the hypothesis is true or false.

The human will often find that his or her hypothesis was false. If this is the case, he or she will formulate a new hypothesis and begin the process again until he or she is able to answer the question.

Most important:

After coming to a conclusion or finding a solution, it is elementary to observe how it is working in real conditions. We have to deny all results that are destructive and/or harmful to a life form.

Step 6: Draw a Conclusion

Once the human has analysed the results, he or she can make a statement about what he or she has found. This statement communicates the complete results of the experiments to others.

Knowledge sharing is expanding the potential

No problem should ever have to be solved twice

The newly gained knowledge has to be associated with the 4 types of truth1). Once this has been done, we have to make sure, that this knowledge can be accessed by all humans around the world. For this access, we certainly don’t need any kind of implant or technological enhancement of whatever kind. All we need to make sure is that each and every human can have easy access to all the confirmed true knowledge. All the knowledge has to be indexed and catalogued so that a good enough search routine can find any piece of information in that knowledge.

Collaborate and share knowledge to give birth to new ideas

Knowledge sharing and collaboration are interdependent processes. By keeping all humans constantly informed of new knowledge, decisions that have been made, paths that have been taken, and directions that have been set, everyone get the participation of collaboration without spending time or other resources on gaining the basic knowledge.

Moreover, knowledge sharing allows for immediate feedback crucial for community and faster identification of a common problem-solving approach, and provides the opportunity to identify interdependencies, joint engagement, development of common goals – all critical component of effective collaboration.

1) one of the 7 causalities

The value of a species

The value of a species can be measured at the quality of the supporting knowledge for life it is generating and contributing to the universal society of all species.

If one human or a group of humans is sabotaging or blocking this contribution, no matter in which form it might be, he or they are providing all mankind a testimonial of failure.

It is also important to understand that every information which is not contributing any use for the better of all mankind is not important and can therefore be ignored.

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