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Knowledge vs Wisdom

Jim S

I saw a line in a story here that pointed out the difference between Knowledge and Wisdom. Quite humorously I might add. And it struck me that the difference between the two might be a good premise for one of the talented authors bouncing around SOL. So I offer it as a suggestion.

The comparison, for those interested, is that knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit while wisdom is knowing that a tomato doesn't belong in a fruit salad. It struck me as funny.

awnlee_jawking

@Jim S

while wisdom is knowing


Oh dear!

AJ

richardshagrin

Sometimes Wisdom is a tooth, rather than a truth.

Replies:   PotomacBob
PotomacBob

@richardshagrin

Comes from the truth fairy?

sejintenej

@Jim S

The comparison, for those interested, is that knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit while wisdom is knowing that a tomato doesn't belong in a fruit salad. It struck me as funny.

Knowledge is knowing the facts; wisdom is knowing what (if anything)to do with that knowledge

Replies:   robberhands
robberhands

@sejintenej

Knowledge is knowing the facts; wisdom is knowing what (if anything)to do with that knowledge

That's a vast simplification. If the application of knowledge would be the same as wisdom, the technicians of the world would be the wise men.

Replies:   sejintenej  Jim S
sejintenej

@robberhands

That's a vast simplification. If the application of knowledge would be the same as wisdom, the technicians of the world would be the wise men.


Shades of zero AD? In fact are they not wise people (not always men) IN THEIR FIELD?

Jim S
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@robberhands


If the application of knowledge would be the same as wisdom, the technicians of the world would be the wise men.


Why would they be wise in your book? In mine, they're knowledgeable, nothing more. Maybe an example will help make my point. Knowledge is the ability to go to the moon; wisdom is knowing whether its worth it.

There aren't very many wise people out there.

Replies:   robberhands
robberhands

@Jim S

Why would they be wise in your book?

In my book, they aren't wise. I was responding to:

... wisdom is knowing what (if anything)to do with that knowledge ...

richardshagrin

Seems to be a difference between wise men and wise guys.

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