Tag: definitions

Intelligence vs. Wisdom


At some point in my thesis I’ll need to define my terms: intelligence, knowledge, wisdom, etc.? I’ve come across an article entitled Is It Worth Being Wise? which looks in more detail at the difference between the concepts…


Weak Lensing
Weak Lensing @ Flickr

I came across a word that I didn’t know today in Johann Muller’s Reclaiming KnowledgeSystematicity. It’s not in the dictionary, so I turned to Google’s define: function and…

Systematicity: this term refers to the quality of entailment carryover defined in the previous item: the logic of the source domain carries over to the target. It refers to the application of a system of logical relationships (part-whole, cause-effect, sequence of events, good-bad, etc.) from the source domain in the target domain. If TIME IS A LIMITED RESOURCE, then, since limited resources can run out, time can “run out”. If a limited resource can be saved, then time can “be saved”. If a state is conceived of as a location, then moving into or out of the location will be interpreted as experiencing the state or ceasing to experience the state (“falling in and out of love”, for example).

This comes from a page entitled Terms and concepts for metaphorical and metonymic analysis on the website of the English Dept. at California Polytechnic State University.

Groups vs. Networks

Comparing groups with networks may be a good idea to get across why education needs to change to meet the needs of 21st-century knowledge. Stephen Downes posted this image to Flickr (there’s a video of him explaining it as well):

Groups vs. Networks

There’s also a presentation here. It might be an idea to discuss the ‘wisdom of crowds’ in my thesis and how and why this could be applied to classrooms.?

The difference between groups and networks

George Siemens sums up Stephen Downes’ distinction between groups and networks in Groups vs. Networks:

‘Groups require unity, networks require diversity. Groups require coherence, networks require autonomy. Groups require privacy or segregation, networks require openness. Groups require focus of voice, networks require interaction.’

This will be relevant in terms of thinking about the nature of knowledge in a networked environment with a collection of people which make up ‘expertise’.?