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September 25, 2004

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Denham

There is still a wide gap between our meanings of "knowledge", find it difficult how we come to label thinking private thoughts and socially validated assertions the same!

Any thoughts on Parson's book?

Yvonne DiVita

Gentlemen, your insight and discussion is fascinating. I am a poor woman who knows little about knowledge management...I do know social interactions, however, and there is a great deal of knowledge that does not occur during social interaction. The knowledge I have, that I posses, regardless of where I obtained it...at school, reading on my own, observing the world, or (as a writer) inventing new worlds of my own, may or may not ever become visible to the rest of the world. Does this mean I do not posses this knowledge? Or, that this 'information' for wont of a better descriptor, is not knowledge? Tis too! I know it. I believe it. I own it...in my consciousness. But, I have yet to share it with others. This discussion leads me to wonder if the esteemed gentlemen here have ever spent time observing a two-year old. Never mind flocks of birds. Watch a two-year old learn how to get into a cupboard to retrieve cookies, or, watch her approach other children with all the assurance of her age -- knowing she is the center of their attention. There may be no discourse among them, she may plop herself down in the sandbox without uttering a sound, and commence to digging. If no one is there to see her get into that cupboard using a kitchen stool or chair, it does not negate the fact that there is knowledge at work in that activity. Well, this woman enjoys the discourse, and believes there are pluses and minuses on both sides, but...in the end, even the poorest among us, the austic children and adults of the world, posses knowledge; some of them chose to share it, others don't. However, there is still knowledge stored in their brains. In my humble opinion.

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