Monday, January 21, 2013

data > information > knowledge > wisdom?

The Hierarchy of Visual Understanding

Does increasing organization increase 
meaning and memory retention?

This interesting pyramid chart is is more of a philosophical "thought piece" but is nonetheless an insightful take on the relationship of data, information, knowledge and wisdom.

From the comments on this (at the URL above) 
  • Noise becomes data when it has a cognitive pattern. 
  • Data becomes information when assembled into a coherent whole, which can be related to other information 
  • Information becomes knowledge when integrated with other information in a form useful for making decisions and determining actions. 
  • Knowledge becomes understanding when related to other knowledge in a manner useful in anticipating, judging and acting. 
  • Understanding becomes wisdom when informed by purpose, ethics, principles, memory and projection.
– George Santayana

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