Scholars need to go outside and sniff around – walk through the grass, talk to animals.

chicks in the grass

Knowledge and Experience do not necessarily speak the same language

…sometimes gets the impression that those intimidating words are there to keep us from understanding. That way the scholars can appear Superior, and will not likely be suspected of Not Knowing Something. After all, from the scholarly point of view, it’s practically a crime not to know everything.

But sometimes the knowledge of the scholar is a bit hard to understand because it doesn’t seem to match up with our own experience of things. In other words, Knowledge and Experience do not necessarily speak the same language. But isn’t the knowledge that comes from experience more valuable than the knowledge that doesn’t? It seems fairly obvious to some of us that a lot of scholars need to go outside and sniff around – walk through the grass, talk to animals. That sort of thing.

In other words, you might say there is more to Knowing than just being correct.

from The Tao of Pooh, Spelling Tuesday
by Benjamin Hoff (1946 – )

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