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I. Quotes About Knowledge
“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is” – Bjagavad Ghita, 500BCE

This quote is making an observation on how man is consumed in his own beliefs in every aspect of his life. The world he lives in and what impact he makes revolves around his beliefs. What meat he eats, or lack of meat if he is a vegetarian. What subject he wants to study, and career to pursue is all reliant on his beliefs. The quote also states how the continuance of this belief in oneself is resulted in the continuance of his life believing in himself and his choices. Trippy right? Another way to look at this quote is at the angle of “rights” man believes he has certain rights over other living creatures so man builds up its society over the world for it reflects his beliefs. His beliefs are his world, a man lives in his beliefs and will change the world to suit them.

The counterpart of belief is doubt, and doubt also affects a persons life just as much. If someone doubts that god is the all mighty maker and doesn’t follow any religion, this is a major choice in life’s game. In my ToK class we did a unit on Belief vs. Doubt, which is why I was so interested in this quote. The link below is to my blog’s article “Belief vs. Doubt”.

https://tokchrisblondeau.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/belief-and-doubt/


II. Questions about Knowledge
Why and how has man attempted to collect and archive all of humanity’s knowledge and what does the future hold?
Man has always attempted to archive acquired knowledge throughout history, from the sumerian scribes, to modern bloggers, man wants to retain as much of his or her progress. With the desire to record information comes multiple ways of doing so. For example the digitization of the world’s knowledge is happening right now. Here is a video of this process: Preservation of Information Video! As our knowledge increases, so does our technology the more content in the vast universe of knowledge we can discover. Having stored all of this knowledge, humans have access to learn more from the previous generations, and the amount of content builds everyday. Will there ever be a point when one would have to revise all the information and make room for more information? Is there a limit to information? These are questions that society cannot get the answer to until it happens. So, what does our future hold? Using prior knowledge from studying on wolfram we can see more and more people are digitizing themselves. Our technology has advanced an incredible amount in such a small amount of time, one can only wonder what the future has in store. I personally don’t think the future is going to be bright, well maybe brightly illuminated by LCD lit screens, unless we take a more natural approach on digitization.

III. Readings in Diigo Forum Comments:
Knowledge:
“It is not “not knowing” that is the problem. It is the lack of doing.
Doing is a form of knowing.”
Doing is a method of learning and achieving new knowledge in a physical way. Doing is the best way of learning because you can learn from your mistakes. Plus when you do something hands on, you really understand in depth what you’re doing from the added knowledge acquired from making mistakes. The quote shows the relation of knowing and doing, and how if one does something, they may gain more knowledge. This method of gaining knowledge is specifically pointed to those with passion for what they do, those who go the extra mile and achieve knowledge of a subject.
“The pursuit of knowledge is ongoing. Unlike most desires, this desire is insatiable.”
Understanding this quote is understanding the drive to wanting to learn and discover. There is no finding out why humanity has gone to the moon and back (literally) to learn. And with every great advancement in knowledge is great satisfaction. Although to put words this satisfaction is hard. Maybe thats it, its the fact that the feeling of making a new discovery is so mystifying. And its the urge to get that much closer to that feeling. It could even be the desire to aid humanity and make some world changing discoveries of knowledge.
Not only changing how we think, but what we know… The Internet:
“Information is easy, knowledge is difficult.”
This quote from the reading is extremely simple yet vastly knowledgeable. It is stating how information is easy, and knowledge is difficult. Well lets break it down. What’s the difference between information and knowledge? Knowledge is to understand something on many levels, and information is what starts this thirst for knowledge and fact. For example, say humans got a message from an alien planet, that is information that an alien planet somewhere exists. Although we received information on the planets existent, we don’t have any knowledge of the planet. Relating it to the internet is easy. The internet is where we store all this information, whether this information is true or not doesn’t matter. It is a bunch of hints that lead to the big picture of knowledge.
“My worry is that the superabundance of information is devaluing knowledge.”
I have to agree with this quote fully. Props to the author and his or her use of the word “superabundance” For this is exactly the word to use when describing the amount of knowledge in the world. Although knowledge is bringing use continuous progress, there is a downside to the rapid discoveries. Society starts to appreciate the knowledge less, and care more about the future knowledge. For example it never about how cool the new phone is, its about how cool the new phone could be.

IV: Must-See Video Playlist

Theme 1: Digitization:

  • Digitization is the process of turning analog content into digital data
  • There goal is to upload and store all archives online making them accessible to the public
  • Currently they have been working to digitize the collective records of the US confederate states
  • Before any information is uploaded to the the web it is gone over by a quality control  technician
  • The idea is to take all old paper archives out of the equation
  • After digitizing the analog data is put back onto polyester film and put in cold storage for maximum shelf life


Theme 2: Libraries:

After watching libraries of the future I thought towards the future wondering if we would even have libraries. “Our libraries are increasing faster than ever and that in 10 years we may not even have libraries”. This is where my head turned and made the realization. We really are going into a digital area where all information is just compacted onto hard drives. It was a good way to receive information by interviewing random citizens, for most if not all of them said that a lot of their information is received from a connection to the internet, instead of paper. This really isn’t that shocking when everybody has a mini computer in their pocket nowadays. I personally prefer to write things down over digital recordings because it can’t be tampered with and is written in your hand writing, which is special to me. I have learned a lot from these articles and videos and it really brings a deeper meaning to the theme presented. I highly doubt we will have traditional libraries in the future, instead it will be computer researching facilities.


Theme 3: Encyclopedia:

The concept of an encyclopedia is the basic concept to the internet, except written. It’s also incredibly difficult to achieve. The encyclopedia acts as a revised, factual, professional information holder compared to the internet where any average joe can post information. Nowadays they have online encyclopedias, it is easier to find a topic on an online encyclopedia than a physical one. You are only limited to however much data the internets hard drive can retain.  This way encyclopedias are more eco-friendly, making a small step to help the world. Online encyclopedias can be updated quickly and easily by professionals. The information is only changeable by site admins, which allows more control over the knowledge. This could be looked as a good thing or a bad thing, for information should be an open source to add and take ideas. But with the large population, idiots ruin this idea. At the time being people are taking measures to make sure the information is accurate.

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