[ba-ohs-talk] Art, Culture Enable a Culture of Knowledge
Thanks for drawing attention to an error in my letter on 020209, which said that
"...intelligence does guarantee success," since this was intended to say that
"intelligence does not guarantee success," but merely increases the chances of
success, since, as you know, variables that impact life exceed the capacity of
any one faculty from guaranteeing anything, under the general rule there are no
guarantees in human enterprise. (02)
I was a little surprised there is not more support from this venue to report
experience showing Alex's objective to manage subjects that arise in daily life,
sometimes described as "ontology," is supported by SDS, which you observed on
...and that no other system does this, as pointed out in the meeting at SRI on
000324 where Lee Iverson reported research showing other KM efforts have all
Recently, on 011208 Jack Park was upset by the prospect that SDS is the only
technology that augments intelligence, as explained in POIMS, noting suspicions
that there are other technologies that do this, but failed to name one.... (07)
How many years of looking at web pages, attending seminars and sending emails
does it take to sink in that moving beyond IT requires a particular design that
is only supported by SDS, and so if we want to strengthen intelligence to avoid
future catastrophe that occurred on 010911, and which further collapsed Enron,
as seen by the Power's report, reviewed on 020204.... (09)
...and which has further collapsed the wider economy, also, reported on
...then we have bite the bullet that Eric Armstrong cited on 010916 and use an
interface we don't like in order to get the intelligence we need to move ahead? (013)
There seems to be a hope that someday someone will stumble onto a web site that
has a Windows program with a button to click for KM or "Intelligence" that will
make everything better. Art and culture, which in the end guide technology, do
not work that way. Art and culture are evolutionary processes of continual
learning and struggle toward perfection. My sense is that we have to build on
what works, rather than refuse to make any effort to perform KM until an entire
capability is presented full blown. (014)
Just musing. (015)
Thanks again for feedback, which is another critical dimension of intelligence
that refines accuracy of the record. (016)
Thanks too, for carrying the fight on the Fleabyte front, which has a lot to
contribute by demonstrating the viability for the next generation of journalism
to enable a culture of knowledge, along with Jack's work on Nexist. (017)
Just to remind, Fleabyte can be a more vital force by providing links to
relevant articles you publish that provide evidence to support analysis
submitted through email, using links to specific locations, rather than to an
entire article. (018)
Henry K van Eyken wrote:
> Right you are. Like to make a few comments, though.
> Rod Welch wrote:
> > 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.
> 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 ....)
> > 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.
> That you have demonstrated very well over and again!
> > 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....
> 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:
> archive of articles
> contents page(s)
> the e-journal's public face.
> All the significant organizing is done by the contents page(s) and the organizing
> process(es) may be updated as we learn over time.
> 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.
> > 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, ...
> 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."
> 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.
> > Thanks for timely reminder about the opportunity to rise above current
> > difficulties by application of art and culture.
> 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.
> Henry (021)