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"What can we know"
Dr. Gerry Urwin posed the question “What can we know?” and discussed the importance, the feasibility and the extent to which we can better understand some of the issues involved in managing knowledge and exploiting the potential that it offers.
The talk included reference to some of the great contributors to knowledge including Aristotle, Maimonides, Francis Bacon, Baltasar Gracian, Jose Ortega y Gasset, Karl Popper and Donald Rumsfeld! But the main emphasis of the speech was on the way that we can learn to do things better by learning from what has gone before. This applies both to learning from what has been successful, and learning from what has not. Gerry explained why it is disingenuous to use knowledge as a “catch all” term, when in fact often the most valuable knowledge is complex, tacit, and rooted in the context, or person who ‘knows’.