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Asking questions to achieve perfect knowledge

Recently I read this fantastic post from Boris on “The Next Web“. “Achieving (and Living) with Perfect Knowledge“. This article summarizes the possibilities of almost unlimited knowledge. It shows an interesting path to a knowledge-based society. I like the road of development.

Especially the examples are perfectly chosen. But the article leaves one point out. We get answers to almost every question we can imagen, but we have to know how to ask the right questions.

This is the challenge of the information society. This is what we have to teach and learn. Asking questions is not really part of our lives yet. Remember the time at university, the crowded room and the lesson is almost over and one hand is raising and some one has a question. The overall reaction is not in favour of this person. At least at my universities this happened. Or teachers, professor or parents who do not want to answer and get annoyed by to many whys or whats etc. Another example is using search engines. A lot of our students are using google for the first search for information about something new. Almost everyone gets different results, because each asks the search engine differently. This is a great source of added value to discussions. But on the other hand it has the risk of missing the most important piece of information to get knowledge.

There are several ways of approaching information and asking questions. We have to learn how. Especially the information centric society needs people who are able to ask questions. Then, I believe, the big dream about the internet as the gate to an open and informed society is possible.

We can only achieve perfect knowledge as soon as we know how to ask the right questions.

That means in a short-term perspective to enable people of using the devices and tools to access information. Media education in schools and by that I do not mean how to use word or excel etc. Which is, dont wonder, the main part of information technology lessons in schools in Germany.Media education in my eyes includes accessing information, processing it to knowledge and media ethics.

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