A perpetually growing knowledge base

<a href=”http://bit.ly/gPmkKE”>from “Global Learning – Constructing the World Mind”</a>

To H. G. Wells, the world encyclopaedia would not be “a row of volumes printed and published”, but would rather be a “mental clearing house for the mind … where knowledge and ideas are received, sorted, summarised, digested, clarified and compared,” and trends, forecasts and alternative scenarios are considered. He believed that up-to-date selections, abstracts and quotations would be “carefully collated and edited” in such a way as to be “not a miscellany, but a concentration, a clarification and a synthesis” written in “clear understandable language.” However, to overcome the problem of too much knowledge creating information overload, Wells thought that “wisdom” defined as “the ability to use understanding to mobilise and coordinate all resources into appropriate and timely action” would form an essential component of the World Brain. This “common backbone” linking theoretical and practical knowledge, Wells describes as “a perpetual digest and conference on the one hand and a system of publication and distribution on the other” which would become a “learning organism in its own right.”


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