Grapes a Metaphor

If I ask Chotu how much time he will take to eat ten grapes, he will typically say a few minutes.  If I ask the same question to his digestive system, then the answer maybe a few hours. The answer depends on who is answering and what eating means. 

For Chotu, it is chewing,  gulping, and relishing their taste. Chotu also rejects peduncles, cap stems that come with grapes.  For his digestive system, chewing would mean breaking down and converting grapes into its ingredients, and gulping would mean incorporating them in blood, and rejection means excretion of the non-essential. 

As I see it, eating is of two types Deep and Shallow. Usually, what we call eating is in this context, Shallow Eating, and digestion is Deep Eating. Both are essential for survival.

When we intake Knowledge, we go through a similar process. The Shallow Eating part is akin to reading books, watching videos, attending seminars, among other things. The metaphorical grapes have gone inside our system.  I would label this act of Shallow Eating as Knowledge Acquisition. 

The longer story starts after Knowledge Acquisition. The digestive system in the Mind starts breaking, converting, and absorbing knowledge ingredients, adapting them into an existing body of Knowledge, taking the relevant, neglecting the irrelevant, and establishing connections, among other things. I would label this act of Deep Eating as Knowledge Assimilation.

The end goal of eating is nourishing and surviving; it is a means to an end. The food energy utilized for welfare is mission accomplished. Similarly, Knowledge Acquisition and Knowledge Assimilation must finally lead to Knowledge Application. Maturity in dealing with Knowledge leads to  Value Creation, Product Creation, and better Quality of life.

The process of Maturity starts with the awareness of these three aspects of Knowledge Handling. I have designed a Knowledge Maturity Model ( KMM ) to structure the method of Knowledge handling, its embodiment, and its utilization.

Newcomers in the field of Programming will be at an advantage if they are conscious of these notions. For instance, they would know the difference between Shallow Learning, which would focus only on Knowledge Acquisition and Deep Learning, where Assimilation would accompany Acquisition. They will understand that Knowledge Maturity will never be complete without Application. Even without my further elaboration, you know that you now have a measurement tool with you. You can now use this tool to inspect where your Knowledge Maturity stands w.r.t any given topic or subject. 

Knowledge Maturity Model.

Happy Learning!!!

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Prashant R. Dubey said…
I have lived half of my life based on this concept I learnt from Patkar sir. Thank you for posting it here in the blog so I can share this knowledge (application of this knowledge itself). Big Thank You!
bhatthiren said…
Perfect sir, knowledge application will nourish the mind life long.

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