Critical analysis toolbox in the age of imbecility

Imbecilicus Morritrumpicus
Imbecilicus Morritrumpicus

Here’s the thing: we live in an era of imbecility.  Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, and Scott Morrison have encouraged wilfully ignorant, aggressively stupid people to vigorously push cretinous ideas and propositions, demanding for them some kind of equivalence with facts, reasoned argument, and rationality.

Ugh!  What a repugnant achievement.

In itself that wouldn’t be so bad.  But since the late 1990s, our universities have no longer taught critical thinking.  Not even in the humanities, which used to exist principally to teach critical analysis of information about our history, politics, philosophy, literature, and other arts.  To create the intellectual engagement necessary to maintain liberal democracies, free from the depredations ushered in by the Trump-Johnson-Morrison imbeciles.

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Frické on DIKW pyramid

Frické, M. (2009). The knowledge pyramid: A critique of the DIKW hierarchy. Journal of Information Science, 35(2), 131-142.

Martin Frické, April 2009, published online October 2008, DOI: 10.1177/0165551508094050

DIKW hierarchy: widespread but should be abandoned as ‘unsound’, no alternative suggested.

Frome the essay, plus arrow to pint to question about understanding, which is excluded from DIKW
From the essay, plus question about understanding, which is excluded from DIKW

Data: observable properties of objects, events and environments (p. 132). Difference between data and information is functional, not structural [utility of data and information, not its particularity] (p. 133).

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