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The difference between Knowledge and Wisdom:

  1. Oct 14, 2007 #1
    After careful consideration, I have decided that Knowledge is knowing, but that understanding is Wisdom. It is, therefore, with great regret to find that there is very little wisdom in Science. Given that Science is the study of knowledge, and that the laguage of science is mathematics... On the other side, I believe that metaphysics is the pursuit of Wisdom, but this leaves me wondering what the language of Wisdom is?

    Confused? I have learned that I can stand. I have learned that I can fall. I have learned how fast I can fall. I have been told that this phenomenon is caused by gravity. Science takes this knowledge and formulates a force law. I know these things and I have knowledge of them- but no Wisdom.

    You see, I am told that the cause of these things is 'gravity', but what is that? I am told that it is either a push or a pull, now which? I am told that it is a pull... what is pulling? Yes, there are some theories, particle exchange, etc. But no where is there a real foundation for me to understand why things fall. There is no logic.

    It would appear that this difficulty extends to many empirical constructs, things like charge, energy of a photon, different forces, etc. I am given empirical constructs, words that define a certain phenomenon-but no solid explanation that explains why or how these things are physically manifested.

    It was Aristotle who said that if we want to understand how something is this or that, that we need to reduce it down to its rarest form. How is that thing, say charged? What makes it charged? Is it charged simply because two charges interact a certain way? What do charges do? They attract or repel one another. So charge is a word used simply to denote a final result, either attraction or repulsion. But what causes the attraction or repulsion-and don't say charge. Hmm, it would appear that in order to reduce something down, rarification, that I need to use logic.

    So the question is, whether the language of Wisdom is not logic? Going around the circle, is not mathematics also founded in logic, and how is that logic different from this logic. It occurs to me that the logic of mathematics is founded in quantities, and their relationship to time and space. This must be the case. So it is founded in the confines of substance, things that have body and mass. Hmm,

    Is it possible that the logic of wisdom is founded in faith? You see, I know that I fall down, I know that the ground is hard. I know how fast objects move, but what do they move through. For all of my experience tells me that these things have body, a substantial existence. Yet for me to understand that things can move I need to believe that there is an emptiness, a void, through which things all move. I have no real experience with this void... Logic dictates that it must exist. What kind of logic is this compared to the one that says 1+1=2?

    What do you think?
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  3. Oct 17, 2007 #2
    Wisdom = Logical, ethical or social truths attained from gaining perspective on an issue, still relative to the persons values. (Example: A thief might tell you that it's wise to never break into a house from the front door, but rather through the back door, and while this is LOGICAL it may not be WISE to an upstanding non criminal citizen.)
    Logic = Determining what is true, within a system. 1 + 1 = 2 = true.
    Knowledge = Understanding the logical implications of a situation, problem or solution, and the facts within.

    Of course, none of this would have any meaning if we had no point of /reference/
    This reference inherently is a function of the human mind(memories), which is the basis of everything.
    Hence I would say that all the good wisdoms are actually true because they are logical. Don't break into a house from the front door because the neighbors might see you, there might be a surveillance camera there, the police might drive by or some other people, etc.
    The wisdom part of this is merely a value applied, because there is no inherent technical or 'official' paper written about it, it's just a truth discovered as a side effect of an event.
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