Informed Understanding

Informed_Understanding_intro_banner_small.pngThe information age dawned some thirty years ago with the prospect of the World Wide Web.  Prior to this, Newspaper Syndicates, Academic Institutions, and the Entertainment Industry have inundated the world with the comings-and-goings of facts, pop culture, and true-story occurrences.  While everything known of our existence and present society has been preserved in written form or oral tradition, not everything has been absorbed by everyone in society, and even if such were the case, isn’t always applied to our lives.  Knowledge is a precious thing, and should not be left to define the future of our economy, or new technological advancement.  What we know should elevate our actions, and define our culture with greater moral articulation.

Information

The composition of facts, experiences, and preferences; this is merely the surface-level shared communication society has utilized in order to better process a multiculturally complex world. Included is the concentrically-largest group of information of the three levels.  From Newspaper articles, academic journals, and the B.A. Thesis to the social media blogs, Sci-fi novels, and Youtube video tutorials – the sources of informing is exceedingly vast.  The validity of the wide span of sources is another matter entirely.  Our generation is now very accustomed to the Google search engine, Wikipedia source portal, and Facebook News feed. Even so, the intuitive nature of people inclines the pursuit of comical informing and insightful inspiration as much as intellectual consumption.  The grand privilege our generation presently enjoys is the extensively unrestrained access to it.

Knowledge

While the expression of knowledge, from formal to informal orientations, is certainly great, often it is accepted at the cost of qualitative consumption.  Newspapers are expected to deliver not only new cover page stories sandwiched into congested Sunday edition content, but daily editorial commentaries, sports updates, and opinion articles as well. Not often would, were a newspaper subscriber asked, give confirmation of reading the entirety of his subscribed content.  Often, information is rather seen as a convenience.  Knowledge, on the other hand, is consumed and considered, crewed and digested into practical operational awareness.  Following a college career, an IT student will attempt to apply for a career in the field he has been so well-informed of, and will utilize information encountered in a more practical way.  Information contemplated is another way of considering knowledge.  Universities anticipate graduated alumni to be able to refer back to informational textbooks and professor guidance, and employers expect on-the-job training to advise employees in the event of indecision.  Knowledge is stored in the mind, where as information may remain simply on the accessible sources.

Understanding

The combined collection of knowledge retained throughout the years of discovery and experience in our lives has led to the subconscious development of worldview, paradigm, and moral conscious.  Without mulled-over knowledge that has been allowed to be bounced off of through thousands over major and minor life situations, worldview development would not follow for substantial life conclusions, and nuanced individual perspectives. It is only through consumed information that has been allowed to ferment and augment our perspectives that character is allowed to develop.  Character then is perhaps the most complex higher-level cognition that may be proposed from a neurological standpoint. But character is best amidst the relaxed conversations, and level-headed interactions among people interrelationally.  It permits the visionary potential of entrepreneurs, small-business owners, novel writers, and film directions to catch the non-linear dynamic of life that generally permits much of the vitality and wonder in life. Understanding is the progressive development of knowledge over years of consideration and reflection.

As life progresses, individuals collect information, be it experiential social updates on friends/family, or empirical encounters in a zoological-tenured career. Since information is undeniably vast, every person alive presents, receives, and expresses information in a way that is unique to him or her. Not only is understanding the culmination of information in our culture, it also offers the greatest level of integrative and influential capacity.  Since information at this level is not new, but rather very familiar and stored somewhat actively in our minds, understanding is at the forefront of influence on higher-level decision-making.  While information may be at the greatest height it has ever been, it remains imperative that the qualitative intentionality of learning, and subsequent formation of worldview remain within our culture, and our race.  Without the development of strong moral character, and individually contemplated worldviews, our technology will begin to take over our way of life.

 

The Threshold of Truth

“Truth is the correct description of reality.”

Gordon Olson

Truth is the framework of laws in the universe.  It is absolute, and objective.  By it, all other things have their origin and meaning.  This is an informal blog to consider truth peripherally through philosophical, theological, scientific, and technological means.

Culture Code: Langauge

Culture_Code_LanguageCulture is a conglomeration of various factors and social frequencies that reflects a corporate community of individuals.  Language reflects something generally considered exclusive to the human race – having produced elaborate political and civil structures, and economic interactions.  Language has been called to basic fundamental unit of a culture.  From it, individual cultures’ characteristics can be ascertained – as can be seen with the Hieroglyphics extracted from the Rosetta stone.  Language represents more then just the literal words however – it also may contain contextual detail intended for the recipient.

An ancient Example

Take Koine Greek, for example.  While language obviously includes more then just the written form, the ancient Greeks exhibited then unprecedented detail to supplement their written knowledge with what has been identified as “parson code”.  This language is an exquisite example of culture on display in written form.  Without considering lingual phonology (we can’t hear the ancients actually talk today), we can articulate the grammar, morphology, and vocabulary they used.  While much can be said of the gender, case, and syntax; the vocabulary alone provided greater depth of meaning then in our modern era.  The Greeks had two common words for our one designation for “word”: “Logos” and “Rhema”.  Another would be “love”, of which at least four are commonly known.  Vocabulary carried often carried with it an emotional dimension not often found in our communication today.

Intelligences

It is often assumed that logical deductions, numerical analysis, and mental computation of information against mentally stored facts is the sole indicator of intelligence.  This is simply not true.  Harvard Gardner, in a 1991 paper, produced insight into seven different intelligences that people may possess.  These include: Visual-spatial, Bodily-kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, and Logical-mathematical (nine are now known).  Being beings harnessing remarkably complex bodies, we have the capacity to develop a wondrous range of skills, abilities, and proficiencies.  Language is, in fact, one of the skills that may be developed, but people obviously may develop other areas.  The fact remains: language is the key to learning and developing.  Language permits sharing and expression.

The late Mayan culture made headlines years back for their calendar system, which was far different from our presently-used Gregorian calendar, following the Earth’s orbit of our sun.  The calendar made measurements of days, apparently accumulating to a climax, rather then allowing for future years not directly indicated in the system.

Religion and Mythology
One thing that has always fascinated me about cultures is the stories they tell.  They reach back to the dawn of civilization.  Not only are Deity pantheons worthy of noticing, but the preserved literature that surrounds them.  I remember first hearing of “The Epic of Gilgamesh” in a Western Civilization class, and being ripe with curiosity at the passion of cultures to preserve their legends and civil developments.  Obviously, The Judeo-Christian Bible (probably the most qualitative and quantitative, manuscript-wise) is another example, uniquely interesting, since the ancient language of Hebrew has been resurrected among Jews.  The stories preserved in these texts are the stories from the perspectives of people from within the culture.  Homer’s attempts and illustrating Greek history shrouded in more conspiracy and poetic art then anything else.  Yet even Homer brought a highlight of ancient Greek culture to later define the later cultures that absorbed it.  The Roman pantheon did little to change the Greek pantheon outside of the deities’ names.

Language has influential power.  It isn’t just written or spoken – it is a means of expression.  Body language is a surprising underecognised means of communication utilized in our present culture.  The technological advance of social media apps have produced a society that has the highest levels of government intently watching the digitalized quips and trivials feuds of coach potatoes.  It must also be acknowledged that historically, religion and mythology held a huge sway over the culture.  While technology may have quelled the abject fear of distant deities, technology has also begun to move towards taking the place of mythological and philosophical ideas.  Artificial Intelligence is an entity written in code.  In the end, language is a medium of communication and expression.  A data holder, not a soul bearer.

Logic of Professionalism

Logic of Professionalism_bannerThe habitual activities of a civilized society is perhaps characteristic of it’s longevity.  Individuals long-experienced in a given profession understand the need to preserve the formal nature of the job.  Garbage collection doesn’t have a very dynamic nature; rather, collection occurs at the same time every week, although minor fluctuations may occur due to traffic on public roadways.  Continue reading

Land of Learning

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Demetrius collected his thoughts and rounded one more corner of the structure.  Because a structure of this grandeur couldn’t be hidden from view, he knew that the only time to make any final observations before the grand unveiling would need to be in the middle of the night.  As his eye lingered on the smooth stone and ornate pillars, his memories wandered to his student days under Aristotal.    Continue reading