Friday, November 21, 2008


I was thinking the other day about how many different types of knowledge there were.

1. Common Sense. This is knowledge gained from experience, observation, or instinct. "Don't touch hot things" and "don't insult someone bigger than you" are prime examples. This isn't things you necessarily need to be taught, and they don't teach it in school.

2. Book learning. This is knowledge learned in school. 2+2=4, Ethiopia is an African country. Knowledge that may or may not do you good. Basically, knowledge that helps you score high on standardized tests and get into college.

3. Wisdom, or application of knowledge. This is separate from common sense because people with common sense may not always have wisdom. This is "smarts" that aid you in discernment and in difficult choices.

4. Observation. This aspect of smartness can be hard to teach. This is body language, tonal reasponse etc. that helps you determine or know more about people or things without being told.

I don't know if these are all the forms, but 4 was all I could come up with.

1 comment:

Sam Patchet said...

Very interesting thoughts. This is something that we don't really think about when we go about everyday life. Another thing I found quite intriguing was your definition of book learning. It seems like so many Christians these days have only this kind of knowledge about God and His Word. It's nothing more than just plain knowledge that doesn't do them much good.