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Re: [ba-ohs-talk] Art and Culture Enable a Culture of Knowledge

Rod.    (01)

Right you are. Like to make a few comments, though.    (02)

Rod Welch wrote:    (03)

> Working intelligently requires technology to create and maintain organizational
> memory with organic structures that convert information into knowledge.  As you
> point out, a taxonomy, or ontology, of subjects is needed, which is more art
> than science, leading to the proposition that moving civilization beyond
> information technology requires a culture of knowledge that synthesizes art and
> science.    (04)

Not quibble, but I prefer to see your notion of conversion from information to
knowledge in a slightly different way: a lifelong process of upgrading from
publicly available and personal data to personal insights, the neural fallability
of the process and knowledge base being minimized by (continually improving)
digital augmentation. I believe that my way of looking at this arises in part from
Bloom's Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain (which may be wrongly applied in
educational testing), in part from examining student responses to test questions.
Publications, such as Fleabyte, annot take other people's personal insights into
account, of course, but I vaguely perceive its development of stored subject matter
to follow that process. (If I were only a philosopher I might write a treatise
about that, bat alas ....)    (05)

> Many people report SDS is effective for organizing the record, as seen, for
> example, on 010916....
> http://www.welchco.com/sd/08/00101/02/01/09/16/190429.HTM#L7714
> ....noting "amazing memory," which is only possible with an organizing
> methodology and technology to support it.    (06)

That you have demonstrated very well over and again!    (07)

> If we want to work our way toward national security and economic health, we need
> to work "intelligently," which requires organization, analysis, alignment,
> summary connected to details and feedback, see POIMS....    (08)

No argument here. In Fleabyte it is the contents page that functions as the
organizing principle. In fact, I perceive that different kinds of contents pages
may be developed. One would be a simple chronological listing, others various kinds
of organization of the stored texts. Contents pages may be textual or graphical. It
is here I am hoping that some people on this list will be interested in doing some
categorizing by their own, informed lights. And what may be learned from SDS? The
fundamental struicture of Fleabyte is, bottom to top:    (09)

archive of articles
contents page(s)
the e-journal's public face.    (010)

All the significant organizing is done by the contents page(s) and the organizing
process(es) may be updated as we learn over time.    (011)

Re authoring articles, I see basically two kinds of authors: reporters and story
developers. The latter type of author is to be see as one who updates or sheds new
light on existing knowledge, i.o.w. he is an editing author.    (012)

> This [amazing memory] is disagreeable to many because organizational memory
> reduces deniability,
> and so seems to increase accountability.  The nice thing about intelligence,
> apart from being fun, is that, while intelligence does guarantee success, the
> chances of success and getting credit for improving productivity, earnings and
> stock prices, rather than being blamed for mistakes, is far greater than the
> common strategy of using bad management that relies on ignorance, fear and
> denial, ...    (013)

Yes, accountablity ... very much one of Doug's objectives as he laid out during the
first session of the Year-2000 Colloquium, "The Unfinished Revolution II."    (014)

I quarrel with the statement that intelligence guarantees success. First, we should
recognize the variety of intelligences. It requires certain combinations of
intelligence along with good fortune to be "successful. " The quotation marks
around successful signify that success is not a simple absolute. Aside from the
dimension of degrees of success there is not-aimed for, unanticipated possibility
of success. Such as the invention of the electromotor, the beneficial outcome of a
dumb act - connecting an electrical generator the wrong way.    (015)

> Thanks for timely reminder about the opportunity to rise above current
> difficulties by application of art and culture.
>    (016)

Just love that combination, but over the years I like to see C.B. Snow's "two
cultures" (for those who remember him) explicitly expanded to three: arts, science,
and citizenship. I put the roles of parents, educators, politicians, public
servants, authors, Bootstrap volunteers, inventor of SDS, etc. under citizenship.    (017)

Henry    (018)