Wednesday, December 15, 2004

"Knowledge is a process, not an outcome. The process is a critical exchange of views among the uninterested and the indolent as well as the educated and informed, yielding a collective wisdom. The evidence is that it works. This is because some problems have no predetermined set of solutions waiting to be discovered: continual experiment, rather than rational consideration of all the options and the selection of an ideal, is necessary. Experimenting is messy. It generates numerous possible choices, most of which are swiftly dismissed."

Oliver Kamm on means vs ends and the meaning of the term 'collective wisdom.'

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