Friday, March 02, 2007

What's the difference between knowledge and wisdom?

Increasingly today, students in my KM seminars
are very interested in wanting to understand and discuss
the difference between knowledge and wisdom.

There are lots of views on this, but here is mine:

Knowledge changes over time.
Wisdom is unchangeable and is timeless.

Knowledge may be a partial truth, at a particular point in time.
Wisdom is complete truth.

We can develop complex knowledge. We can know simple wisdom.

What's your take on this?

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  1. Ron, you're tagged! :)

    And about the post, I think your points are profound! How about another difference? :)

    Knowledge is about what's happening around you.
    Wisdom is about what's happening within you.

  2. Data:
    Unstructured facts out of context.
    For example: 010101
    Facts in context – data “in formation”
    For example: January 1, 2001
    Information that is useful, that has use-value – information that can be applied
    For example:
    Our wedding anniversary is January 1, 2001
    The capacity to apply knowledge.
    For example:
    Our wedding anniversary is January 1, 2001 – and I’ve already purchased a thoughtful present I know my wife will love!
    I know regular exercise is healthy and good for me
    That’s why I work out at the gym four days a week!