The five states of knowledge

It is helpful to see knowledge in five distinct ways.

If we suppose that that the sum of possible knowledge in the Cosmos in a given moment is “common”.  That we also suppose that an individual or group of people have a relationship with the “common”.  We may consider that there exists with these two suppositions five types of knowledge.

Hidden Knowledge

This is knowledge we are unaware of, for instance electrons and black holes are “common”, but it was “hidden” knowledge to us until we invented microscopes and telescopes to reveal that knowledge.

Sleeping Knowledge

If knowledge of a new way of communicating through photons is revealed by scientists, they may publish it in a journal, this knowledge may be known by all, but it is mere words on paper.  This knowledge may be considered inactive knowledge, it only becomes “awake” if it is in use, thus it is “sleeping” knowledge.

Forgotten Knowledge

With the destruction of the Druids people consider that the Druid knowledge is lost.  We over time forget our own individual past.  We have forgotten most of human history from more than 10,000 years ago, thus we are reduced to mere theory and speculation of what that human history may have been. All these are examples of knowledge once known, but now “forgotten” knowledge.

Practical Wisdom

This is knowledge that is in use, or being actively used.  I have knowledge on how to read and write English, or to tie my shoelaces, or not to look directly at the sun as it will burn out my eyes; these are all examples of Practical Wisdom.  There may exist in a book knowledge on how to speak Spanish, but if it exists just in the book and not in my head, then it is “sleeping” knowledge.

Undisclosed Knowledge

This type of knowledge combines with either “sleeping” knowledge or Practical Wisdom.  A barrier of some manner exists that separates the knowledge held by one group or individual from others.  An example of this is the Freemasons, who pursue Practical Wisdom behind closed doors in secret.  Another example is when the Druids transmitted their knowledge in secret from the Romans using Ogham.  Another example is the nation state holding secrets that their citizens are denied access to.  Note that “undisclosed” knowledge can take the form of “sleeping” knowledge or Practical Wisdom.

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4 responses to “The five states of knowledge

  1. Maybe there are just two types of knowledge? the known and the knower? ie Potential knowledge becoming kinetic and as you say, “knowledge that is in use, or being actively used” – a kind of instinctive knowing becoming potential knowledge. Just a thought, nice article btw.

    • You are right, there are just two types of knowledge: the potential and kinetic type. The word I used “type” is misleading, rather it is “states” of knowledge, so I will edit this blog later today to reflect that.

  2. Surakij Vuthikornpant

    Complete series of “Certainty” including “Uncertainty” is the complete knowledges,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncertainty
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Certainty

    With Humility & high reverence respect to “my “God””,

    Better than knowledges should ask for the best of the best of fruits and gifts of Eternal Spirit,

    Amoung all of virtues ,the greatest of all virtues,

    There is “Love”, ^^

    Never commit excessiveness and extremism in your life,your job,your religion,in everything.

    But 1 amoung gifts of Eternal Spirit,there is “Love”,

    “Love” is not so much,not so many,Because Love is “the Special gift”.

    With “Love” everything can obtain.
    And without “Love” there will be nothingness to obtain. ^^

    Because “Love” is “nothing lacks”,
    Because “Love unconditionally” ,

    “Unconditionally”,”Uncertainly”, “Uncertainty”,without condition can be anything,

    Therefore to know whatEternal Spirit speaking of,
    Of the Eternal life has been given to those who know How to “Love”,

    “Love “my “God””,Love humanity,Love all living,whoever,whatever,”

    “Lovingkindness towards each other unconditionally infinitely omniamorously, all together to be precise,”

    Lovingkindness towards each other unconditionally infinitely omniamorously is “the most desirable”
    (Indeed,this is “my “God””‘s wills,”my “God””‘s good wills,no doubt in “my “God””‘s good wills that you may be guided),

    And “the worthy salutation” (to salute “my “God””)

    By “Peace offering”,”thanks offering” and “good deeds offering” and “lovingkindness offering”.

    (Not “war offering”,)

    And “the greeting everybody deserves”,

    Lovingkindness towards each other unconditionally infinitely omniamorously is “the most desirable”,
    And “the worthy salutation” (to salute “my “God”)
    And “the greeting (everybody deserves)”,

    Indeed,my God send his Heavenly blessesing and greeting,

    Those who believe and find satisfaction,”Contentment”

    http://corpus.quran.com/wordbyword.jsp?chapter=13&verse=28
    Chapter (13) sūrat l-raʿd (The Thunder) verse 13:28:1 to 13:29:8

    “alladhīna āmanū wataṭma-innu qulūbuhum bidhik’ri l-lahi”
    “alā bidhik’ri l-lahi taṭma-innu l-qulūbu”
    “alladhīna āmanū waʿamilū l-ṣāliḥāti ṭūbā lahum waḥus’nu maābin”

    13:28:1 to 13:28:6 Those who believe and find satisfaction”Contentment” their hearts in the remembrance (of) “my “God””.
    13:28:7 to 13:28:11 No doubt,in the remembrance (of) “my “God”” find satisfaction,”Contentment” the hearts.”
    13:29:1 to 13:29:8 Those who believe and do righteous deeds,blessessness for them and the beautiful place of return.

    *** Satisfaction = Contentment ***

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contentment

    “Contentment” = As a serie from “complete series of “certainty””, “Contentment” categorized as “higher level of knowledges” than “truth” or “universal truth” (scientific facts)

    Because there is “universal truth” plus “the bonus” there is “the religion ecstasy” “joy”, ^^

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haqiqah
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marifat

    And contain with “knowledges that “only “my “God”” know” = “Divine Spiritual guidance,”

    Something like……

    “Remembrance” (Chrisitainty) (as virtue) = dhikiri (in l-salami) = “Shekinah” (Judiasm)

    And “How to perform “Remembrance”,dhikiri,”Shekinah” properly.

    Please reciting these again,with pay attention.

    13:28:1 to 13:28:6 Those who believe (as “Step by step How to”)

    and find satisfaction”Contentment” their hearts in the remembrance (of) “my “God””(as results like “cause and effect”).

    13:28:7 to 13:28:11 No doubt,in the remembrance (of) “my “God”” (as “Step by Step How to”)

    (will) find satisfaction,”Contentment” the hearts.” (as results like “cause and effect”)

    13:29:1 to 13:29:8 Those who believe and do righteous deeds (as “Step by Step How to”),

    blessessness for them and the beautiful place of return.(as results like “cause and effect”)

    (“Shekinah” = Concept of “my “God”” presence upon those who believe while they bow down humbly to worships “my “God”” (Original concept in did it in “tubernacle”))”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhikr

    1) Try to remember favors of “my “God”” upon us in everyday life. Based on true story.
    2) Perform exactly same like we always does in “Thanksgiving day”,

    But do it in everyday lfe practice,

    By “daily praying” “bow down humbly” with Sincere gratitudes
    And perform “Thanks offering”,

    With relize How much “my “God”” love you and love “my “God”” back,

    And do exactly the same like in those 3 verses.

    Departed from Evils,forbid from wrong,believe with no doubt,and when you appreiate in favors of “my “God”” love “my “God”” and “my “God”” love you back.

    (“Shekinah” = Concept of “my “God”” presence upon those who believe while they bow down humbly to worships “my “God”” (Original concept in did it in “tubernacle”))”

    When my God upon you,the worshiper, You will hear the voice of “my “God””,

    “Remembrance” is fruit of virtue of “Humility”
    And fruit of virtue of “Remembrance” is “Contentment”,

    ^^ When my God upon you you will feel “joy”,”religion ectasy”
    And if you lucky “my “God”” may will instruct you “that is knowledges of “Contentment”, knowledges that only “my “God”” know”,

    ^^ And I made known to you the same my God made known to me

    Only pure “Step by Step How to”,

    And NOTHING else.

    http://corpus.quran.com/wordbyword.jsp?chapter=13&verse=28
    Chapter (13) sūrat l-raʿd (The Thunder) verse 13:28:1 to 13:29:8

    “alladhīna āmanū wataṭma-innu qulūbuhum bidhik’ri l-lahi”
    “alā bidhik’ri l-lahi taṭma-innu l-qulūbu”
    “alladhīna āmanū waʿamilū l-ṣāliḥāti ṭūbā lahum waḥus’nu maābin”

    13:28:1 to 13:28:6 Those who believe and find satisfaction”Contentment” their hearts in the remembrance (of) “my “God””.
    13:28:7 to 13:28:11 No doubt,in the remembrance (of) “my “God”” find satisfaction,”Contentment” the hearts.”
    13:29:1 to 13:29:8 Those who believe and do righteous deeds,blessessness for them and the beautiful place of return.

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