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KM 2.0 and Knowledge Management: Part Thirteen, John Tropea and the Nature of Knowledge

September 19th, 2008 · 5 Comments

This entry continues the discussion of John Tropea’s “Knowledge Management as an Ecosystem.” In Part Twelve, I reviewed and critiqued a portion of the presentation up through the discussion of “the new KM.” Here, I’ll focus on John’s treatment of “the nature of knowledge” and in my next blog I’ll discuss his characterization of KM [...]

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Tags: Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · KM 2.0 · Knowledge Management

Interpreting Popper’s Three Worlds Ontology for Knowledge Management: A Guest Reply by Richard Vines

August 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off

I think, Joe, you have raised some very interesting and reflective comments in your two blogs on “Popper’s three worlds ontology.”   Firstly, let me state, that I think it is inevitable that some reformulation of the three worlds ontology needs to be explored and will be explored by those that see the merit in [...]

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Interpreting Popper’s Three Worlds Ontology for Knowledge Management: Part Two

July 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Comparative Evaluation of the Two Theories Let’s compare the two theories of the three worlds, world-by-world, as it were. First, Popper’s W1 has the disadvantage that it blurs the distinction between the living and the non-living, since both are included in W1. This also has the effect of including knowledge in W1 without specifying a [...]

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Interpreting Popper’s Three Worlds Ontology for Knowledge Management: Part One

July 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Popper’s Three Worlds Ontology In his Objective Knowledge (1972), Karl Popper introduced the idea of three ontological worlds or domains. The first world is the world of material objects, events, and processes, including the domain of biology. The second world is the world of mental events, processes, and predispositions– the world of beliefs and other [...]

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A Correct Interpretation of a Musical Composition?

July 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off

I think that a musical composition is different from a text asserting logical and semantic content. There still might be a “correct interpretation” of musical compositions, but I don’t think the issue here is one of a true theory about the semantic and logical content of a text, but of the aesthetic value of different [...]

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Remarks on Truth and Theories of Evaluation

July 21st, 2008 · Comments Off

First, I think that true and false are terms we should apply to linguistic networks rather than single statements. Networks are necessary, because single statements generally assume a good deal of background knowledge illuminating the meaning of those statements. If the background knowledge is expressed in language also, we have a network of statements, and [...]

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Does Partial Constructivism Make Sense?

July 18th, 2008 · Comments Off

I don’t think there are empirical truths. The idea that there are such truths is a hangover from positivism and empiricism, now discredited epistemologies, even though many social scientists seem unaware of this. Also, from my viewpoint one really needs to distinguish between three kinds of knowledge: biological knowledge, mental knowledge, and cultural knowledge. Biological [...]

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Untrue Knowledge

July 17th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Historically, since Plato, the most frequent definition of knowledge has been Justified True Belief (JTB). Until recently (the 20th century), philosophers believed in a foundation for JTB. The Cartesian Rationalists believed that some beliefs were certain because they were self-evident truths that survived Descartes method of doubt. The empiricists believed that some beliefs were self-evident [...]

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OODA, the DEC, the KLC, and Recognition-Primed Decision Making

July 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Introduction In my two previous posts I’ve talked about the OODA loop framework and its relationships to the Decision Execution Cycle (DEC), Single- and Double-loop learning, and the Knowledge Life Cycle (KLC) frameworks. Here I want to discuss the relationship of Recognition Primed Decision Making (RPD), a primary type of Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM) to [...]

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OODA, the DEC, and the KLC

June 18th, 2008 · Comments Off

Introduction In my last post, I examined John Boyd’s OODA Loop framework and discussed its relationship to double-loop learning. I mentioned there that OODA was one of a number of similar Decision Learning Cycle (DLC) frameworks developed by various writers over the years, including my own Decision Execution Cycle (DEC) framework. In this post, I’ll [...]

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Tags: Complexity · Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · Knowledge Making