Thursday, December 14, 2006

Knowledge and Wisdom

In Malone's class, we've been really trying to delve into the knowledge issues of Lanuage. I think that a huge part of Language is all of the different connotations that are attached with each word. In past week, I've been rereading The Giver, and a passage that really stood out to me was when the characters were talking about the "acquisition of wisdom." Meanwhile, in TOKland, Mr. Malone has been asking us to look at Language as an "acquisition of knowledge". Then I was thikning about why are these two words, knowledge and wisdom, have such different connotations? What do you think of when you hear or read the word knowledge, and likewise with wisdom? While these two words share a close meaning, what are the differing perceptions that you have for these two words? What can we learn about Language from these different connotations?


Lauren said...

When I think about the connotation of wisdom and knowledge, I find very different images in my mind. Knowledge, to me, is simply the idea of knowing something as true and that it has some justification behind it. On the other hand, wisdom has background, history, and experience behind it. It means that from exprience you can say that you know something and give your personal insight on it. I guess that that difference between knowledge and wisdom is that wisdom is knowledge that you justify through experience, rather than authority, faith, etc.
From these different connotations, we can learn that, depending on the words we use to communitcate our message, we can paint different pictures and create different messages on what we truly mean. It's like the saying, hear what I mean, not what I say...I guess, the idea seemed better in my head, but oh well.

Kaitlin said...

I think I understand what you mean; so for instance, is I said I was wise, it would paint a picture in your mind completely different than if I were to say I am knowledgeable. I agree with your definition of wisdom, in that wisdom requires experience. I think that experience helps us understand what we know about the world.
I think that verbal language requires many different words so that we might be able to properly describe all what we experience and all that is around in our world.
What about other ways of communication? What do body language or facial expressions have to do with the perception that a peron has on the world?

Greg Nelson said...

These differences in definitions sprout from the fact that this is what we are taught. As a child, I was told that wisdom is better than knowledge, since one can have massive amounts of knowledge and still be very foolish. I agree completely that if you said you were wise, it would give me an entirely different impression of you than if you said you were knowledgeable. Wisdom makes me think of old men with grey hair and long beards, so if you were "wise" I would likely consider you to be much older mentally than the average teen.