Posted by: a2cristina | May 11, 2010



1. What is the purpose of knowledge?

2. Would you say that knowledge is the result of curiosity?

3. Is wisdom the equivalent of knowledge? Who would you define as a very wise person? And a very knowledgeable one?

4. Do you agree with the following quotes?

  • “How do you know so much about everything?,” was asked of a very wise and intelligent man; and the answer was: “By never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant.” John Abbott.
  • “I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.” Franklin P. Adams.
  • “We must learn our limits. We are all something, but none of us are everything.” Pascal.
  • “It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry.” Albert Einstein.
  • “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” Epitectus.
  • “The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” Henri Bergson.
  • “Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” Immanuel Kant.
  • “Man knows more than he understands.” Alfred Adler.
  • “Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.” Leonardo da Vinci.
  • “Knowledge is power.” Francis Bacon.
  • “The dumbest people I know are those who know it all.” Malcolm Forbes.
  • “Culture is what remains after we have forgotten everything we have ever read.” Ortega y Gasset.

5. There are some methods of generating knowledge, such as trial and error, or learning from experience? Do you think these two methods are always valid?

6. Is understanding the same as knowing?

7. Do you agree with the following statement?

“Understanding is not only the result of knowledge; it necessarily follows knowledge.” Can you think of any examples when understanding precedes knowledge, when it leads to knowledge?

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