Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A to Z: Knowledge

Knowledge in which Wikipedia defines as:
"Knowledge is a detailed familiarity with, or understanding of, a person, thing or situation. It can include facts and information, as well as understanding that is gained through experience, education or reason. It can be implicit (as with practical skill or expertise) or explicit (as with the theoretical understanding of a subject); and it can be more or less formal or systematic."

The Wiki article also mentions how knowledge is acquired through various processes; such as perception, learning, and communication amongst others. I think the perception piece of acquiring knowledge is particularly interesting. If you think about it, we all perceive things differently which can influence how we learn what we learn. So different people can learn different things from each other, even in the same situation/environment.

And of course this is fun to think of for our characters. How easy is it for them to learn new things? How comfortable are they with learning? What types of knowledge to they value? And what about the culture they live in, what values are placed on knowledge and the acquisition of that knowledge.

Yes, this poor post is a bit disjointed, I spent about 2 hours at the dentist's office this afternoon.


K.C. Woolf said...

Good 'K' word, and a great concept to ponder (or discuss over a glass of wine). :-)


Lisa said...

Knowledge is a terrible thing some people waste.

Nice post.


Jeffrey Beesler said...

My hygienist is excited for the release of my novel coming out in a few months from now. If nothing else, you could always use the dentist visits to talk about your writing. That might make each visit a little easier.

At least, that's what I've learned. Happy to meet you from the A-Z Challenge!

Kerrie said...

A trip to the dentist can mess with any writer's flow. Knowledge is a great "K" word and I agree with Lisa, it is a terrible thing to waste.