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WIKID - Not linear

Ian Glendinning of Psybertron comments on my recent find of the WIKID Power hierarchy that adds Intelligence, Wisdom and Power to the usual Data-Information-Knowledge lineup.

Actually commenting on WIKID Power - I have to say that intelligence between knowledge and wisdon is a bit contrived, and in fact tends to devalue the definition of knowledge. Similarly I believe wisdom, is more to do with acquring deeper experience based knowledge, rather than simply application itself, which I see as relevant as soon as we reached "information" level. I think power is orthogonoal to all of these, raher than hierarchically above wisdom. Control or monoplisation of any level (data, info, knowledge) is a source of power (if not influence), which is where I came in.

I have to agree that there are more dimensions that formally represented in that WIKID Power model. But how to represent. Intelligence doesn't just come out of knowledge - it arrives through experimentation and experience in the real world. The dictionary definition talks about intelligence as the skilled use of reason.

And as I think about this, I conflate what I think of intelligence as wisdom too. The dictionary talks of wisdom in reference to a combination of knowledge, insight and judgment. These things do not necessarily arise from knowledge or intelligence alone.

The D-I-K hierarchy is limited by the view of bits-of-stuff, whereas our full understanding of these higher properties ecompasses much more than bits: experience, culture, context. Attempting to break everything into bits typically loses the meaning of the whole. As Ian suggests above, Power is orthogonal to all of these elements.

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