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June 04, 2014

Knowledge gathering in Conflicting Ideas

The idea of actually gathering knowledge when ideas conflict is something that seems hard nowadays. Coming across the theory of Hegel Triadic ‘T.A.S’ Dialectic which is a framework for acquiring knowledge out of conflicting ideas. Breaking down the acronym, where T-THESIS (is about one idea) and A-An-thesis is the idea that conflicts the original idea and S-Synthesis is the merging of the conflicting opinions in order to acquire a robust knowledge. The Synthesis is what caught my attention because people don’t often get to that stage whereby they would actually synthesis the two ideas to acquire a robust knowledge. It is actually comfortable for people in teams to play ‘Russian roulette’ in order to see which idea that would survive without reaching the synthesis phase.

To actually appreciate the importance of Synthesising conflicting knowledge, one would first have to appreciate and welcome contradictory ideas to start with because that’s the only way one would be able to move on to the third stage of actually synthesising the ideas. The importance of getting ideas that are conflicting in knowledge gathering is that not only do they allow humans to think outside the box but would enable them to actually derive better ways in tackling issues. The gateway to acquire and create quality knowledge thinking and sharing is to sought and welcome conflicting ideas.


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