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Knowledge coupled with wisdom or lack thereof in academia

In regard to the acquirement of knowledge, Alfred Whitehead (English mathematician/philosopher of the 20th century) wrote the following: “…If you have much to do with the young as they emerge from school and from the university, you soon note the dulled minds of those whose education has consisted in the acquirement of inert [unused] knowledge. …Furthermore, this overhaste to impart mere knowledge defeats itself. The human mind rejects knowledge imparted in this way. … The discipline, when it comes, should satisfy a natural craving for the wisdom which adds value to bare experience. … In my own work at universities I have been much struck by the paralysis of thought induced in pupils by the aimless accumulation of precise knowledge, inert and unutilised. It should be the chief aim of a university professor to exhibit himself in his own true character—that…

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