The era of knowledge that we live in today can have many features, especially the tools it provides to facilitate the transfer and circulation of knowledge among researchers and recipients of it.
The most important of these tools are the means of technology that are characterized by the great accessibility and the capacity of their area, which has been expanding every day in all parts of this world.
Among those features provided by the tools of the age of knowledge is the feature of “knowledge flow,” I mean that the research results that could be reached ten years ago through the means of technology are not the same results that we may reach now. The same is different in its results a year from now Ten years later, just as the human knowledge that we find in books and literature today represents a summary of experience and accumulations that express long time spans of research and cognitive practice, in the context of technology, that same knowledge will represent after some time the summary of human experience and a tremendous accumulation of knowledge through this The continuous flow of knowledge, which is like a river that ends up in the oceans, fed by wells, and becomes an additional store in the depths of the earth.
Moreover, about the feature of “knowledge flow” itself and its consumers of knowledge, it can be said that it is similar to what the writer “Mike Reagan” said: “Few are those who drink from the source of knowledge…the majority are only gargling with it.”
The most important goal that we can aspire to in the details of the feature of “knowledge flow” and knowledge practice in general and closely related to the knowledge economy is to strive towards producing thinking generations that have the ability to analyze, research and conclude, and not generations that depend on indoctrination, memorization and transferable thinking, which prevailed in the past as a natural result The awareness that scientific success depends on the results of the tests. These results require answering a set of questions directed towards forcing learners to the method of memorization and that methodology in methods of receiving only, while the essence of science lies in the ability to critical practice in all its forms and branches. Science is exploiting the “knowledge flow” feature to participate in knowledge production by granting recipients, researchers, and knowledge seekers a vast space of freedom for scientific practice based on analysis, questioning, research, and conclusion.
At this point, we find that the scientific regulations have made this task one of higher and academic education tasks. Furthermore, when we ask if the fundamental basis depends on memorization, parental indoctrination, and transmitted scientific behavior, how can higher education be distinguished in a different situation from these contexts, and a product of knowledge that can be considered authentic and constitutes an addition to human knowledge that results in prosperity, progress, and service to humanity? Furthermore, if necessary, let there be a ceiling for freedom in the early stages of questioning that is more extensive than what is received based on transferable thinking. Gradually, the ability to acquire the tools of criticism and practice it early to create and produce knowledge is not limited only to the academic levels of education because relying on Memorization methodology and transferable thinking leaves only generations suffering from mental paralysis.
Finally, it can be said that what the “knowledge flow” feature provides to the audience of researchers and recipients of knowledge from transient consumers or students is similar to owning a boat at sea. Moving is only like trying to go with one paddle once to the right and once to the left, and here his boat keeps moving, but he will make a great effort, and he may not reach safety; otherwise, he will perish before that. Neither to those nor those, it means that a person waits for the wave that will drown him and drown his boat in this vast sea of knowledge that is getting more and more flowing every day—the rest of the talk.
Author : Manahel Thabet
Published January 30 2022
Al Bayan Newspaper