Culture and beliefs
From observing Wikipedia, I can just say that culture plays a big role into having an open or closed mind to new ways of thinking. What you are about to read is for "those with eyes that see and ears that listen." Kybalion.
For academia and "thinkers" individuals: you might agree or disagree. Today there is a practice of implementing tools to deal with information (Search, data mining), but we need to understand how man is an intrinsical part of it to be complete and successful.
So in these pages you will find new ways of looking at knowledge and points of view that I hope can help you discover how we can re-direct our concepts into a better framework, and understand that we people need new leadership and tools that allow our creativity to be released, expressed and put into action; the opportunities to do it are increasingly tremendous in this Internet era.
Religion and Philosophy
The area that studies the concept of knowledge in academia is called epistemology, a branch from philosophy which tries to explain what it is.
It is very complicated in my experience, and maybe futile to force people to understand something unless individuals are open minded and willing to explore alternate explanations. The objective is to keep this book as simple as possible and focus it into practical examples and avoid any complicated arguments about what knowledge is. I do not intend to make any topic into a philosophical one following the principle “Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate.” ---William of Ockham. The principle of parsimony, also known as Ockham's Razor, translates from the Latin as pluralities should not be multiplied without necessity. It means that truth is most often simple and lies are most often complex. Parsimony states that when two or more theories are presented that propose to solve the same problem, the simplest that gives the most complete and satisfying explanation has priority to be studied in detail as it is the most probable. If during study the simplest is found to be flawed, then it is excluded, multiplying pluralities becomes necessary, the next simplest gains priority, and so on. Why? Because knowledge is and has been a very contentious topic in religious and philosophical circles which we will make the best effort to avoid as the goal is to come up with a simple concept to create a technological tool to harness it more efficiently.