Separating Noise From Knowledge and Wisdom

A picture is worth a thousands words, they say. Take a look at this graphic: it almost doesn’t need any comment.


It makes the point that wisdom floats on top of understanding and understanding is built on knowledge.

It also clearly separates information and data. It’s been a saying of mine for decades that information implies consciousness. Information doesn’t mean anything much unless there is awareness present.

Shorn of interpretation and meaning, information is just data. A ton of data points mean little or nothing, unless there is intelligence viewing it, which can spot the patterns.

Below that is just noise.

It may be more important to understand noise than to understand wisdom (in a way). Noise appears random, arbitrary, unimportant, is not aligned and therefore not useful. It’s the opposite of coherence. Noise is a sort of psychic turbulence. It is best avoided. Continue reading

Treadmill University!

A Good Place To Learn Is On A Walk Or On The Treadmill

We all know what the “University on Wheels” is: getting educated by listening to audios, while you drive the car. Bad idea.

Much better is to jog or workout while you listen. “University on the Treadmill” is better!

Put your learning into podcast format, plug in your ear buds and get walking or jogging on the treadmill. You’ll learn more; nearly 15% more, in fact. It’s proven science.

This comes from an interesting study in Charleston, S.C., where students took part in a program that incorporated physical activity and classroom lessons for 40 minutes a day, five days a week. Before the study, the students had 40 minutes of physical education classes a week.

Physical effort to the form of learned movement skills, such as hopping through ladders while naming colors on each rung.

Others used exercise equipment with TV monitors. For example, a monitor on a treadmill would feature geography lessons while a student “ran” through the scene.

The researchers compared results from standardized tests taken by the students before and after the program, and found that the percentage of students who reached their goal on the state tests increased from 55% to 68.5%.

That’s a pretty significant statistical increase in retention. Learn from it!

It would be a good idea to put my Thought Structures and mind enhancement materials from New Thought Horizons into your iPod or other MP3 player and go work out!

You’ll not only get fit in body, you’ll get superbly capable in mind!

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[SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatrics, news release, May 1, 2011]

Knowing What You Know

A Short Hierarchy Of Knowledge

(definition: hierarchy – ordered priority, one above another; seniority)

You are probably familiar with an elementary evolution of knowledge, usually attributed to Jalaludin Rumi (Persian, 13th Century, Sufi mystic and poet), which progresses as follows:

  1. Knowing and knowing that you know
  2. Knowing and not knowing that you know
  3. Not knowing but knowing that you don’t know
  4. Not knowing and not knowing that you don’t know

rumi the poet and sufiJalaludin Rumi

Level 4, of course, is a dangerous degree of ignorance. It could get you into trouble, whereas level 3 might not. When a person knows what they don’t know, at least they can take steps to remedy the deficit. But generals in battle, who think they know when they don’t, can get a lot of soldiers killed unnecessarily.

Thanks to the current education system, which teaches meaningless “realities” that cover up ignorance of actuality and life, most people complete their schooling at level 4, rather than level 1, which is where they should be.

In fact this simple hierarchy can be expanded considerably, to become an almost infinite series of gradations that could be considered a true Hierarchy Of Knowledge and this scale is the key to a great deal of effective and powerful knowledge.

I have a whole-hour talk on this theme in my “New Thought Horizons”, entitled “PowerLogic”. Here I have simplified it down and am sharing a few notes.

Let’s take a look… Continue reading