Types and Sources of Knowledge

Not all knowledge is the same. Some is more sure than others. Some knowledge can never be shaken. Some depends on what you are told.

Main Knowledge Stages

  • Immediate Knowledge, just your experience with no feedback. A prime example occurs when you were a child, before language.  Automatic categorization of your experience by your brain, an inherent neural feature.
    • Shapes, smells, movement and actions, sources of pleasure and pain
  • Secondary Knowledge, your experience but superior (parent, friends) tells you what your experience means—within the context of your culture
    • Assigning words and adding culture concepts—family, responsibility, place in social hierarchy—to immediate knowledge.
  • Tertiary Knowledge. The typical academic situation, a teacher lays out a set of initial beliefs and develops the consequences.
    • Another person’s experience (media, books, scientific reports) in which you are told how their knowledge fits, explains, and validates your culture.

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