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Collecting data is only the first step toward knowledge but sharing data is the first step toward civilization

May 15, 2008


“I ask your indulgence if I close on a personal, existential note. We live in a time when we are flooded with information in every field of endeavor, a deluge from which Freud scholarship is not exempt. It has has become a veritable industry over which it is difficult to maintain even bibliographical control. The amount of sheer information increases incessantly. I confess that I have reached an age when I am haunted by the question of when information becomes knowledge. What I have presented here is only a special instance of that larger Angst. I am perhaps not yet old enough to seek the further line where knowledge becomes wisdom (Yerushalmi Series Z 1997).”

“Collecting data is only the first step toward wisdom but sharing data is the first step toward community (Linux 2006 33-40)

Work-in-process: “Collecting data is only the first step toward knowledge but sharing data is the first step toward civilization.”

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One Response to “Collecting data is only the first step toward knowledge but sharing data is the first step toward civilization”


  1. An unknown scientist said this to Linux Boy in the YouTube video that was uploaded 8 September 2006 by User dyziekquim and the segment is found at 33-40 in the video.

    “Collecting data is only the first step toward wisdom but sharing data is the first step toward community.” (Linux 2006 33-40).

    When I wrote this 8 years ago, I was also reading about communal memory and the archives which included Derrida’s Archive Fever and Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi’s 1994. “Series Z: An Archival Fantasy” in the Journal of European Psychoanalysis No. 3-4.

    I personalized the Linux phrase to “Collecting data is only the first step toward wisdom but sharing data is the first step toward”… civilization.

    Today the first person I mentored to become a Wikipedia editor successfully submitted his first article!


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