Wednesday, November 14, 2012

TEST #01

It is  difficult to  "picture" knowledge if it indeed lacks form as this  conception suggests.  Yet a  simple  cartographic  illustration of how knowledge exists without  specific  form should clarify the  situation.  ¥e may know where certain places  are,  or  how certain areas  are  arranged,  even though we have not  actually seen them and have only derived such knowledge from maps.  Yet  if we were asked to escribe the  graphic characteristics of  the maps from which we derived the knowledge, it  is unlikely that we would be able to  recall line weights,  type  styles,  or  colors. Yet we know the relations that were depicted,  regardless of the form of the original marks.  Once we  assimilated those marks and converted them into tacit knowledge, they lost their form.  However,  we  can retain the relations of interest to us,  that is,  the  structures of the maps from which they were obtained.

Barbara Petchenik,Cognition in Cartography, Newberry Library