Many seek information via Google and believe they have access to knowledge and are wise. A former colleague used to demonstrate his son as a smart egg making him respond with the capital, for every country. The child was doing nothing but mapping data. Google search is nothing but a tool to seek information. How to get information, is about knowing how to use a computer, invoke the browser, and go to the Google site.
“Information literacy” is all the buzz among librarians. It’s about mastering computer skills, not promoting a love of reading and books. Lets discuss ‘information’ and ‘knowledge’. They are different and not interchangeable. The first does not require a brain whereas the latter cannot exist outside a brain. A telephone directory does not have knowledge of my phone number; it merely represents that data as information. When you look up and internalize that information, you have knowledge of my phone number.
How will you use education to handle life ? Life is a succession of big and little crises, and one main aim of education is to supply us with the strategies necessary for dealing with them. Furthermore, dealing with them thoughtfully may become a habit. Indeed, my thesis today is that if you have acquired that habit of reasonableness, you will have acquired the best thing that an education can bestow.
Breadth of knowledge is the single factor within human control that contributes most to academic achievement and general cognitive competence. In contradiction to the theory of social determinism, breadth of knowledge is a far greater factor in achievement than socioeconomic status. . . . This little-known and quite momentous fact means that imparting knowledge to all children is the single most effective way to narrow the competence gap between demographic groups through schooling.
(via Atanu) Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom, and finally wisdom is not enlightenment.
Finally a quote by Swami Chinmayananda, “Wisdom is the assimilated knowledge in us, gained from an intelligent estimation and close study of our own direct and indirect experience in the world.”