Friday, July 07, 2006

Knowledge Flow is ...

”And it is no wonder if a great deal of Knowledge, which is not capable of making a man wise, has a natural tendency to make him vain and arrogant.”
    Joseph Addison (English Essayist, Poet, Dramatist and Statesman, 1672 - 1719) [The Spectator June 30, 1711]

Quoted from A Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations. Edited by Mohamed Taher & L S Ramaiah (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) p. 3. See

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A book that I enjoy is: Knowledge & Flow of Information, by DRETSKE. Blackwell Publishers (1981)
"An attempt to develop a theory of knowledge and a philosophy of mind using ideas derived from the mathematical theory of communication developed by Claude Shannon. Information is seen as an objective commodity defined by the dependency relations between distinct events. Knowledge is then analyzed as information caused belief. Perception is the delivery of information caused belief. Perception is the delivery of information in analog form (experience) for conceptual utilization by cognitive mechanisms. The final chapters attempt to develop a theory of meaning (or belief content) by viewing meaning as a certain kind of information-carrying role. "
Pt. I Information: Ch. 1 Communication Theory; Ch. 2 Communication and Information; Ch. 3 A Semantic Theory of Information
Pt. II Knowledge and Perception: Ch. 4 Knowledge; Ch. 5 The Communication Channel; Ch. 6 Sensation and Perception;
Pt. III Meaning and Belief: Ch. 7 Coding and Content; Ch. 8 The Structure of Belief;
Ch. 9 Concepts and Meaning;

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