Monday, March 5, 2012


I'm reading the book 'Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room' by David Weinberger.
"Russell Ackoff, a leading organizational theorist, 
sketched a pyramid that has probably 
been redrawn on a white board every hour since... 
Ackoff was not the first person to propose this 
data-information-knowledge-wisdom (DIKW) idea."

Think about T.S. Eliot who wrote these lines:

Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

Then, today, I came upon this TED talk that helped me make a few connections between data and information and thinking and what we ultimately call wisdom:

Perhaps, all knowledge and experience is an interpretation. Thinking is infinite and unbounded, but add in some perspective and creativity... and you have a thing of beauty.

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