Is Knowledge Transferable?
|I study, there I am - transferable?|
The Greeks Knew KnowledgeThe key to answering this question lies in the use of the word "knowledge" itself. In English it has various meanings across the spectrum of BOTH what can and cannot be transferred. To get a better handle on this we have to go to the ancient language of the Greeks where these original ideas were first birthed before morphing into the condensed language of English.
Greek has at least 10 words that can get translated into English as the noun "knowledge". Most all these have the basis of "(k)no" from which our word derives.
- Gnosis - primarily a seeking to know, an inquiry, investigation, denotes knowledge, especially of spiritual truth
- Epignosis - denotes exact or full knowledge, discernment, recognition, and is a strengthened form of "gnosis", expressing a fuller or a full knowledge, a greater participation by the knower in the object known, thus more powerfully influencing him
- Nous - mind, denotes, speaking generally, the seat of reflective consciousness, comprising the faculties of perception and understand, and those of feeling, judging and determining
- Dianoia - a thinking through, or over, a mediation, reflecting, signifies the faculty of knowing, understanding or moral reflection,
- Ennoia - an idea, notion, intent, is rendered "mind"
- Noema - thought, design, is rendered "minds"
- Gnome - thought, design, is rendered "minds"
- Sunesis - to set together, to understand, denotes understanding, reflective thought
- Phronema - denotes what one has in the mind, the thought or an object of thought
- Agnosia - the negative of "gnosis", ignorance, is rendered "no knowledge"
|Greeks Specialized in Knowledge|
|Network and Context of Knowledge|
Network and Context of KnowledgeNow at the other end of the spectrum we have knowledge as understanding. Or, knowledge that can be applied and added to other knowledge to gain intelligence, possibly even insight and wisdom - giving direction or paths of pursuance for individual or group goals. This is the type of knowledge one must ask is transferable or not. Can I put this into a computer? Can I record it and expect others to take it in?
|God creates man, man create himself?|
Only objects are literally transferableIf knowledge is an object it is transferable. If it is some unique quality residing within myself that has been birthed out of my own thinking and experiences that are unique to me, then when I die - it dies also. It can only be generated in real time from within me.
I can write it down.
I can try to express it.
I can tell you all about it.
But I can never transfer the whole network of context that resides around and networks to it. That is unique to me and my living self.
|"Hi! I am you trans-placed!"|
Self as ObjectThis is where the issue hits home. In this age of information where "smartness" is the quintessential virtue worthy of praise (think about it... what do you praise your child for mostly?), then this is the version of knowledge that is most worthy of asking if simply an object that can be replaced, moved, replicated, handed off, transferred or is it something else?
|Self as Object|
So, how special are you? How replaceable are you? Is all that you are and have and become ultimately... transferable?
I study, therefore I am - transferable?Maybe.
As for me, I like to think, the knowledge that the Greeks called Epignosis, Dianoia, or Sunesis is unique to the context generated by and generated from decades of experience, thinking, and gathering of my own insights - of life, science and humanity - into a living breathing human process.
A process that, although, not transferable, can be experienced and delighted in - by other living, breathing human processes seeking also to define themselves and define what they offer as value greater than that which can be transferred as an object.
A process I'd call - me.