This book provides an authoritative, yet accessible guide to the philosophy of education, its scope, its key thinkers and movements, and its potential contribution to a range of educational concerns. The text offers a balanced view of three key dimensions: first, in giving an equal weight to different styles and modes of philosophy; second, by including past and present perspectives on philosophy of education; and third, in covering both the general “perennial” issues in philosophy and issues of more contemporary concern.
Chapter 20: The Value of Knowledge
The Value of Knowledge
The human brain is superior to any computer. This is true at the present time, and will probably remain so for the indefinite future. Of course, some will dispute this. What about the search engines, they will say. What human brain could carry the information Google can produce at the touch of a mouse? But here lies the virtue of the human brain. It has its own way of dealing with information. It knows from the earliest stage of conscious development how to abstract. It doesn't allow itself to become clogged up with the welter of unneeded or irrelevant information it encounters, but discards most of the information that comes to it from experience via by the senses.