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Knowledge: A cheesecake factory built with human machines

The dictionary definition of knowledge is,

1) Facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.

1.1) The sum of what is known.

1.2) Information held on a computer system.

1.3) PhilosophyTrue, justified belief; certain understanding, as opposed to opinion.

2) Awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation.
Knowing this before the free-write (thank you Oxford Dictionary), I was able to get a reasonable handle on the three questions we were presented with:
  1. What is knowledge?
  2. How is it acquired?
  3. Where does it reside?

Which lead me to this following jumble of thoughts.

 

Knowledge is a cumulative expression of wisdom that results from a series of experiences and the collection of others’ wisdom. There is base knowledge (such as how to eat, sleep, and breathe) which is ingrained in the very blueprint of our existence. Other knowledge is gained over time and developed by “The Self” into our own understanding of the skills/facts acquired. Once we have this knowledge, it is stored in the subconscious for ongoing or future use. The knowledge we have is limited and based purely on our current ability to see through or perhaps past the filter of our senses and the current technological advancements that can assist us in interpreting the world. This is supported by the belief that we will never fully know the truths of the world and instead will always be reaching towards the perfect forms mentioned by Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle’s Theory of Forms.

 

Of course, this wasn’t nearly succinct enough to stamp as a final product of my epistemological outlook so, I went ahead and created a proposition.

Knowledge is an immaterial substance that is gained, grown, and developed through our existence an exploration of the world, which is proven through personal expression.

This can be easily be plugged into the PPS formula we have used many a time to clarify our ideas in this class. So:

 

If existence is the process of Being rather than being.

and

If expression is the ability to replicate actions/things without hesitation.

then

Knowledge is an immaterial substance that is gained, grown, and developed through our existence an exploration of the world, which is proven through personal expression.

 

Now we must go through and vet this PPS equation we have written out. Since this is philosophy and since the two premises are completely subjective, I can firmly say that because this is my post and I believe them to be true, that they are true (for the sake of my sanity). This, of course, goes along to add up to the proposition which can also be seen as true in this light due to the truths laid out above it.

Taking a closer look at this mess I have created, I suppose I should tidy up a bit. That leads to fleshing out what I have already summarised but, in a way that should make more sense to anyone not currently residing within my mind. Let’s take the example of a cheesecake factory. This is a classic factory with human workers rather than automated machines; humans instead of mixers, humans instead of conveyor belts, humans instead of automated packaging. Coming into this factory as a freshly baked (hired) employee, you wouldn’t be expected to have many tools in your kit for performing your tasks other than those that got you hired in the first place. You’ve been hired into the packaging crew and you have a P.C. leader that is in charge of training you and overseeing your growth and either your success or failure. After being shown how to properly package the cheesecake, you set to work.

Let’s take the example of a cheesecake factory. This is a special factory with human workers rather than automated machines; humans instead of mixers, humans instead of conveyor belts, humans instead of automated packaging. Coming into this factory as a freshly baked (hired) employee, you wouldn’t be expected to have many tools in your kit for performing your tasks other than those that got you hired in the first place. You’ve been hired into the packaging crew and you have a P.C. leader that is in charge of training you and overseeing your growth and either your success or failure. After being shown how to properly package the cheesecake, you set to work. *Level Up* you have gained the wisdom of your superior, the seed that you shall now grow within yourself as you continue to experience your job and commit to your own personal growth. There comes a day you have anticipated for what seems like millennia: Proper Procedure Review Day. Seeing others go through the motions of your future task before you allows a certain uneasy peace to settle within your dairy-filled stomach; you know what you’re doing, right? Stepping up to the task you exhale all your tension in one breath and wait for your cue to begin. Allowing your mind to go blank, you let your body move of its own accord, stacking boxes into cases, labelling the cakes, and ensuring there is sufficient stabilisation within the cases. You’ve done it. Not a single moment was spent worrying about what to do, not a single tear shed at a mistake or flaw, not a single frown on the faces of your superiors.

That definitely didn’t help at all… or maybe it did? In the end, what I’m referring to is muscle memory and being attentive without overthinking the situation. My personal belief is that when you can complete a task without having to consult others or hesitate in your actions, then you have truly attained the knowledge related to that task and can pass that wisdom off to others.

 

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