Utilisation of Knowledge!

Influences on Our Thinking Process!

Utilisation of Knowledge

This is my third article on Knowledge, I have been introspecting and pondering on various aspects on Knowledge. I see that this is a very vast topic and has various facets and influences on our life. I see that this is a critical factor that makes us respond and react to numerous events that occur in our lives. Sometimes we tend to have patience, introspect and respond; also for some events we tend to react. Mostly the Introspection and Response is connected with our Experience of the same situations while the Reactions are connected with Emotions and Lack of Experience of the similar situations 

Back to topic, If every one has knowledge and also has similar influencing factors as discussed in the other article “Measurement of Knowledge” however there is still a lot of differences on the way people tend to respond and react right? Ever wondered what factors influence there approaches? Ever tried to ponder over these Responses and Reactions and tried to analyse them?

I spent an entire Saturday on this activity. The thought process invoked several categorisations and logical connections finally landing on the below factors that has influence on our ability to use the knowledge what we know:

  1. People – All of those with whom you are associated with from your toddler days to whatever age you are now. Every Single person has contributed to your thought process irrespective of the person being good or bad; The experiences with them has influenced your thought process to a greater extent.
  2. Places – All the places you are associated with, each one of the places has its own cultural aspects, behavioural aspects, attributes of the people varies, the routine of the people varies. There is total new aspect you experience when you relocate. An apt example and a drastic change would be to relocate to Poland, There is nothing wrong about it, The people are awesome however they tend to be very straight forward, though there intent is really good and a normal environment for people who have settled down there – Its a complete new experience for a person who has just landed there and yes if they haven’t researched on this aspects; You can image their plight. Jokes apart, I am a Libran so I see both Pro’s and Con’s in every situation similar this has both pro’s and con’s too. They are wonderful people though and very honest and peaceful also they mean what they say and nothing hidden or in codes!
  3. Family – We spend a lot of candid times with the family which has major influence on our though process. From as simple as how a family member shares the snacks to as big as how the family members handle the finances. All and every tiny minute thing has an impact on our thought process.
  4. What we consume – With the invention of internet we are not limited by only the above, The Social Networks and the other online forums where we spend our time with doing one or the other activity has a lot to contribute to our thought process and mindset. Starting from a Book to a conversation or an article or even a podcast or may be a online meet – Everything that we consume has an impact on our thought process and mindset.

People, Places, Family and the consumption of information from various sources has a major influence on our thought process and mindset. The exposure to various cultural aspects also has a major influence. Even though I haven’t visited many places, I have had consumption of different cultural experiences within the professional environment meeting people from various places, various age groups, different organisations that I worked for has always had a influence on my thought process and mindset – Few are positive, Few are negative; Yes. However they do have an impact for sure. 

I am not trying to be racist here but based on the introspection its logically right that a set of people who are limited to or have the common experiences, react and respond in same or similar manner. Mostly this is related to the set of people they are exposed to or may be the places they are exposed to or even their families and now with the onset of Internet what we consume also has an influence. Though we can have a tab on what we consume, We have very less ability or are bound by few limitations on the type of people and places that would be part of our lives. They do teach one or the other aspects some are good some are bad. 

Also a key aspect to look is as you get exposure to different places and different group of people you would pick up an hint or two on whom to avoid and whom to entertain exceptions are the family members alone some times even they as time passes. 

Summary

These factors influence our thought process and mindset which streamlines all the other knowledge we have gained or aware off to make our own perspectives. Also note that the more number of people your interact with, the more places you visit, the more online meets you attend, the more interactions with the family members always widens your perspectives, which in turn allows you to comprehend the situations better and be aware of any anomalies that occur helping you to react and respond better. The more quantity and qualitative aspects we involve ourselves with the more qualitative the perspectives will be. The more limited we expose ourselves to these resources the less perspectives we will have resulting in poor visibility of the situation.

I grew up in Bangalore and always fantasised the village life. I remember questioning my grand father on his relocation from a village long back, but I believe as the years passed and with the exposure I got. The reasons whatever he gave stands to be proven right in all aspects till now! With that I end this note for the Saturday.

Measurement of Knowledge

How much is Suffice?

Measurement of Knowledge

So, Now it gets complicated.. what’s that which changes from one person to another, How is it we have multiple understandings and perceptions when everyone has these abilities? And how can we measure the degree of knowledge?

What differentiates the knowledge from one person to another person is the ability to Experience, envision or visualise and apply the knowledge for a particular activity.  

I can give a good example, I have been thought to make coffee, I have all information available on what, how and when the ingredients are supposed to be used and I comprehend this as well. However when I make the Coffee – The Taste differs to a greater extent from what my mom prepares. Normal scenario with everyone and can be applied for different examples. May be I will learn with time and get the same taste as my mom does or it may never be possible.

Applying

Now applying has various factors, There is a saying “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result will not lead us anywhere” So its the drive to try different options. The ability to try again and again in different ways until we know what works also gains us knowledge.

Visualisation 

Most important factor is the Visualisation, The more capable of visualising the different permutations and combinations accurately the more easier it is to find the right approach to solve a problem.

Experience 

Finally the experience adds as a cherry on the cake that since we have applied many times and also visualised many possibilities; we can consider ourself knowledgeable in one particular area which we have visualised and applied.

These 3 Factors are again coupled with the Exposure, Passion and Adaptability towards the activity being performed. 

Exposure

If I have been exposed to making coffee from a very long time and if I have the taste for a Good Coffee – Outcome would be something which is really nice – May not be equivalent to what my mom makes though and yes it will never be as well.

Passion

This is one of the reason why people say follow your passion. When you follow your passion, you love it because there is no stress involved mostly because you know about the activity better and the topic is of your interest so you spend more time learning and playing with it rather than considering it as a burden. Thats the secret of many achievers we have.

Adaptability

However does that mean the individual will always be doing the same activity for his whole life, No! Everyone grows and moves to a different activity. So it may or may not be of interest as well. But still we thrive because we tend to adapt to situations. 

We as humans are very adaptable to situations, Just like Chameleons; we tend to change our colours based on our gain. Not being rude here, It’s the fact. We all as humans use everything for our advantage and yes we are adaptable. We did survive on eating bone marrows as well and we are thriving poaching wild animals as well. Our behaviour is dependent on what is being expected from a particular situation. Isn’t it. So the more adaptable we are the more we attempt to different scenarios and get success

So the Winning ingredients that make you stand out are:

  1. Applying
  2. Visualising
  3. Experience
  4. Exposure 
  5. Passion and 
  6. Adaptability

The more we sharpen these skills the more successful we will be and yes the measure of knowledge is dependent on how well you can perform an activity so its again limited to that activity. I mean to say a person can be knowledgeable in few domains or areas of work and life and not in all and everything.

Remember it’s an Ocean of Knowledge out there, Everyone, Anyone or Any Activity will add a little more to the Knowledge what we have.

We will never have suffice knowledge, we will always have something which is unknown and to be explored!

We also have a DIKW Pyramid, I would keep that for another discussion some time in future.

Knowledge

Am I Really Knowledgable?

Knowledge

Am I really knowledgeable? Ever asked this question for yourself? Ever wondered if your knowledge was below average or average or above average or you were acing every where and the master of all skills? Loads of Introspection right? Ever wondered what’s the definition of Knowledge? 

Let’s start with the actual definition of Knowledge, What is the definition as per you – Is it a particular skill or the social awareness or the confidence or etiquette? Do you have your own definition of Knowledge or Do you have an assumption of what knowledge can be or Is it that you are influenced by your surroundings on the definition of Knowledge.

Let me help you with the definition of Knowledge:

Knowledge can be broadly classified in to 3:

  1. Sum of what is known to you
  2. Information that is accessible
  3. Philosophy which includes justified beliefs and understanding – Don’t confuse this with Opinions 

Now, Let’s get back to the Question; How would you answer your own question of Am I Knowledgable? What factors do you see?

  1. You know many things which is thought to you
  2. You have maximum information available to you via the Internet
  3. You are able to comprehend, align and convert 1 and 2 to a justified belief, understanding and also convert this in to a philosophy over time 

Am I Knowledgeable?

The Question keeps popping up especially with introverts like me who shy away from people. Yes I am an introvert, Good and Active when I am virtual. You wouldn’t hear, feel or sense me near you if I am physically seated beside you. It’s like a creep siting right next to you without uttering a word and giving a grin when you see me. So jokes apart, back to the topic. Yes, I question myself a lot and introspect a lot. Knowledge is one area which is very vast. 

Everyone and anyone can say they are knowledgable, Yes It is actually True. Everyone are knowledgeable for sure as anyone can remember what’s thought to them, they have the same access as you have (I am referring to Google) and finally everyone can comprehend, align and convert to philosophy as well.