Michelle Farabough's blog

The School of Athens is HUGE! Do you think that "big?"

The everyday, little revelations we have are usually the genesis of some of our most profound philosophies. Did the great thinkers come up with their theories this way?

I had one of those aha moments today, thanks to one of my friends and a lunch conversation we shared. While driving (when I do ALL my best thinking) this morning, I wondered how we decide which car to buy, where to live, and why we do what we do for a living.

A Solution to Plato's problem?

Where did the word "communication" come from? And if our illustrious philosophers could talk to us from the painting above, what would they say? It has been speculated that the field of communication studies grew from the rhetorical study of speech and speakers, a study that stretches back to the days of Plato and Aristotle.

If communication is the way to knowledge transfer...

then what IS communication? I was led to this quandary following a class ("Online Research Methods") I attended yesterday at which the professor concluded with astonishment: "This class should be called Communication Methods." I smiled.

From one school of thought to another...

Imagine Plato and Aristotle on the steps of the Athens Knowledge Café. They invite Socrates and Euclid to join them inside for a mocha chino and a little bit of knowledge sharing. From the School of Athens to the School of Knowledge Management... just how has the knowledge of ancient philosophers and scientists come to rest in our hands? Through communication!

This, then, is the goal of this blog: to define and discuss how we can best utilize "communication" to share our thoughts, ideas, methods, emotions, and information from one to another.