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Let the new knowledge come: atlas of knowledges

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36 LET THE NEW KNOWLEDGE COME: ATLAS OF KNOWLEDGES C S de Beer, Department of Information Science University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, [email protected] ABSTRACT Knowledge is dynamic; it changes constantly; sources of knowledge are to be found everywhere; the exploration of these sources brings about new insights, understandings … knowledges. The supplication of Michel Serres: Let the new knowledge come, is expressed against the background of an awareness of the sterility and boredom of the generally accepted views of knowledge. New knowledge very often emerges due to new and different combinations, combinations between disciplines, subject fields, and scientists. These links, connections and combinations must be established by knowledge workers and knowledge communities. The urge for new knowledge is at the same time an urge for a new way of thinking about knowledge and its meaning for humans and societies, keen to indulge in a search for new knowledge beyond the currently accepted methodologies. KEYWORDS: New knowledge, atlas of knowledges, world-mapping, knowledge space, trees of knowledges 37 1. INTRODUCTION When Michel Serres (1989a: 177) writes: ‗Let the new knowledge come‘, it was almost like a prayer. It sounds like a great expectation on the one hand, and like a sigh of discontent with regard to its opposite, let us call it ‗old knowledge‘, on the other hand. Is this really the case? Are we operating with old knowledge, inappropriate knowledge and inadequate knowledge? Is the hope for new knowledge a realistic hope, a futile exercise, or already a reality? Too many scientific discourses suggest the last option as really the case. What are the limitations of the old knowledge and the possibilities of the new knowledge? Under what theoretical and methodological conditions can we expect knowledge, old or new, to emerge? It is fairly clear that they re

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