Communication

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Do you know what you know?

Is a little known bit of information significant? Could it be a clue that solves the big picture? And how do we know what we know? Can we share knowledge if we can't recognize it... if we think it's just too insignificant?

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.