A person learns things all kinds of ways. They can learn by reading, doing things, watching others do things, thinking about things they’ve done or that others have done. When a person takes all this data and contemplates it, lets it percolate, does things with it so they can understand and gain certainty about it, that’s when it starts to become actual knowledge. Knowledge is not just having pieces of information in your head. It’s having enough understanding and conviction in that data that one can think with it, solve problems, and draw conclusions with it.
Joy can read a book or watch some YouTube videos about plumbing, but that doesn’t mean she has plumbing knowledge. She needs to take that info and apply it to some actual pipes. She needs to see what happens when she tries to use it. She’s got to get some experience with repairing some leaks and putting in some p-traps and such. She needs to learn what tools work in certain situations, and how to not end up with sewage all over her face when she changes out a drain. She can work with experienced plumbers and watch some more videos. By doing all of this, she starts to develop the ability to think about plumbing and make valuable conclusions about plumbing situations. She becomes able to solve plumbing problems in more and more skillful ways. She now has some knowledge on the subject. If she continues working with and learning more about plumbing, her knowledge will increase.« Back to All Definitions