Knowledge Accretion and the Jigsaw Puzzle of
The Theory of Knowledge Accretion
Knowledge has a way of piecing itself together in the human
mind. When we experience or are fed information we see if it fits in with
what we already 'know' and if it does generally we just pop it into place and
assimilate it. If it doesn't fit with our internal puzzle we either reject it, or
if we (really) trust the source of the information re-evaluate our puzzle (a
Our mental jigsaw puzzles of knowledge are the basis for our actions, but our puzzles
are not necessarily whole and singular. If we have items of faith, theories or
ideas about the unknown, these items form the basis of other faith based puzzle
disjoint from those related to the individual's personal experience.
Just as tiny crystals immersed in a
saturated solution grow by grabbing molecules out of solution, each one popped
perfectly in to place in the crystalline structure. So our mental jigsaws of
knowledge develop within us, continuously assimilating ideas and concepts from
the rich world of our experience.
These sections of faith based knowledge contribute to our
actions and decisions just as effectively as those of experiential knowledge.
The larger a section of puzzle becomes the more difficult it becomes to change and the more it impacts
our conscious and subconscious choices.