- How and when does information become knowledge?
How and when does information become knowledge?
Information is ubiquitous, so are the forms it exists in. It can
be spoken, written, read, seen or heard and covers every
conceivable subject. It is believed that information will
eventually become knowledge to an individual or group. The question
that needs answering is how and when this information becomes
Information and knowledge have an interchangeable relationship.
Information can form the basis of knowledge and knowledge can
propagate the production of more information. Information becomes
knowledge due to thought processes; the type of information that is
involved in this process is unique to the individual, as is the way
the information is processed. The process is borne out of the
individuals need to know about a certain subject. The gathering of
information is the first step in problem solving; the knowledge
which is gained provides the means to solve a problem. This is when
the information becomes knowledge.
How information becomes knowledge is more complex, and many
theories exist. Knowledge can be subjective or objective and
Poppers 3 world theory explains how information is processed
eventually allowing criticism as a channel to invoke new theories.
The example using Poppers theory of verisimilitude provides
evidence of this. Although Popper convincingly argues against the
bucket theory, and the theory that observation alone is enough to
form knowledge he does not totally dismiss them retaining an
element of empiricism.