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Redefining knowledge in an information world – a polemic

Redefining knowledge in an information world – a polemic

Dennison, Paul (2009) Redefining knowledge in an information world – a polemic. In: Society for Research into Higher Education : Annual Conference - Challenging Higher Education: knowledge, policy and practice, 8-10 December 2009, Newport, Wales.

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This paper looks at knowledge and information as different forms of the same ideas or "memes". Very different, for knowledge is live, and information is dead. Knowledge is personal, difficult to acquire; information is plentiful, a commodity. Dawkins coined the term meme to refer to a "unit of cultural transmission". I distinguish between forms
of the meme that are live knowledge – the internal idea, or imago, and the external transient representation of it, the ephemeron – and those which are permanent information (artefact and permaphemeron). It is a mistake to talk of a "content-free" learning experience, as though content were "just information". Content is knowledge. The point of education is not just to regenerate live knowledge from one generation to the next, it is to extend and add to it through knowledge creation. And knowledge creativity does not operate in a knowledge vacuum. You need ideas to breed ideas.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: knowledge, information, content, meme
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
L Education > L Education (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
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