June 07, 2004

True Knowledge

Bill Ives, is his blog "Portals and KM", writes about Plato:

Plato, one of the early information technology analysts, said that text, made possible by the newly invented phonetic alphabet, was a better means to convey information than the oral tradition. The burden for storage of data and ideas was taken off the human brain and placed on text, freeing the mind for other things, like generating more information and new ideas. Besides, the mind tends to get the details mixed up anyway and text does not change on its own. This new invention made possible many breakthroughs such as modern science and the document management software industry. But Plato also said that true knowledge and understanding only comes through the dialog of viewpoints.

Posted by jackhodgson at June 7, 2004 09:16 PM