Knowledge and Understanding

Knowledge vs Understanding

Knowledge is simply thought with evidence realized by the person. What we regard as facts, remembering past events over the long term.

However, understanding is the meta scale of knowledge, where the processes in the brain are able to interpret knowledge patterns and create new parts to those patterns. Understanding is also considered to be the product of intelligence, and what intelligence predominately does.

There are – generally – five scales of understanding/knowledge.

  1. Recall – Memory in short term; being able to recite a poem or fifteen digits of pi; “Jack London lived for 40 years”
  2. Use – Is able to recreate patterns but unable to see the reason why; writing about a quote you just read, analyzing new information that is not fully integrated into the brain as memory or other; “Jack London lived for 40 years, I think this is because of…”
  3. Knowledge – acquired arrays of memory on the long term that we regard as truth; “the earth is spherical”
  4. Understanding – Where the person interprets the idea and can actively add to it by using the meta-data from long term knowledge or nature; “the earth is spherical because gravity says so, and the proof is…”
  5. Creation – The concept is the person’s own understanding, the person accurately creates the reason why something is by analyzing all other reasons for reality to be as it is. Fundamentally reasoning the underlying logic for a thing being true; “in this other universe, the earth is not spherical and that’s because of…”
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