Three forms of knowledge.
I have tackled this subject in previous posts, but I wanted to look at the subject of knowledge in terms of three new categories of intellectual, emotional and practical knowledge.
Knowledge of how things work. This is a knowledge based on observation and then analysis of the observation. I have been influenced strongly by Heraclitus, whose principles all came from observation.
Intellectual knowledge properly belongs to science, the study of the patterns of the natural world. The observer is separated from the object under observation, thus it is a cold analytical form of knowledge.
The downside of intellectual knowledge is distortion through error or falsehood. People form opinions that are wrong, but claim them as fact and true. Intellectual knowledge can further be distorted by abstraction, which is the elimination of observable qualities in an object leaving only a small fraction of the qualities left, then claiming these as true and representative of that object.
How to sew on a button. This is a “doing” form of knowledge. An individual can quickly work out if practical knowledge is true, since through the “doing” they will find if it works as claimed.
Philosophy, metaphysics, religion, art and anything spiritual are all forms of emotional knowledge. In contrast to intellectual knowledge the only way of approaching emotional knowledge is using emotions, the right side of the brain.
Intellectuals, scientists and academics attempt to approach areas best served by right brain thinking in intellectual ways distorting emotional knowledge into abstractions that are cold, wrong and dead.
Emotional knowledge is best served through concrete thinking, the experiential sensory approach. Two recent videos I promoted on this blog are examples of emotional knowledge: Run Boy Run and Mother and Water.