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Knowledge

1. The act or state of knowing; clear perception of fact, truth, or duty; certain apprehension; familiar cognizance; cognition. Knowledge, which is the highest degree of the speculative faculties, consists in the perception of the truth of affirmative or negative propositions. (Locke)

2. That which is or may be known; the object of an act of knowing; a cognition; chiefly used in the plural. There is a great difference in the delivery of the mathematics, which are the most abstracted of knowledges. (bacon) Knowledges is a term in frequent use by bacon, and, though now obsolete, should be revived, as without it we are compelled to borrow cognitions to express its import. (Sir W. Hamilton) To use a word of Bacon's, now unfortunately obsolete, we must determine the relative value of knowledges. (H. Spencer)

3. That which is gained and preserved by knowing; instruction; acquaintance; enlightenment; learning; scholarship; erudition. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. (1 cor. Viii. 1) Ignorance is the curse of God; - knowledge, the wing wherewith we fly to heaven. (Shak)

4. That familiarity which is gained by actual experience; practical skill; as, a knowledge of life. Shipmen that had knowledge of the sea. (1 kings ix. 27)

5. Scope of information; cognizance; notice; as, it has not come to my knowledge. Why have i found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldst take knowledge of me? (ruth II. 10)

6. Sexual intercourse; usually preceded by carnal; as, carnal knowledge.

Synonym: see Wisdom.

Origin: oe. Knowlage, knowlege, knowleche, knawleche. The last part is the Icel. Suffix -leikr, forming abstract nouns, orig. The same as Icel 417 . Leikr game, play, sport, akin to as. Lac, goth. Laiks dance. See know, and cf. Lake, lark a frolic.


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... intricate songs for mate attraction and territorial defense, which they learn early in life Source: http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/the-development-of-birdsong-16133266

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Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:55 pm
 
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Re: Are predators always smarter than their prey?

Thanks piscilactovegetarian for replying. It is great to have someone to discuss this subject My thoughts about instinctive knowledge the "jury is still out". Currently, my hypothesis is that self-preservation induces fear of everything in which the experience, if they survived, ...

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Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:43 am
 
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Re: Are predators always smarter than their prey?

... this question found this website which explains prey survival strategies from becoming dinner http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/behavior-under-risk-how-animals-avoid-becoming-23646978 My only issue with this article is the statement, I made bold in the quote ...

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Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:18 am
 
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Re: What is the most promising field of study right now

However, I also want to apply the knowledge that I will learn to discover something new - like new drugs or unique compounds from medicinal plants like in Asia. No disrespect to any teachers or researchers - my dad is also one - but I don't ...

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Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:18 am
 
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Re: Are predators always smarter than their prey?

My opinion it is not a matter of which is more intelligent, the knowledge each have is learned by experience and some prey and predator coevolve such as Ringed Seals and Polar Bears. Also, usually when the predator(s) hunt it seeks out the weakest or slowest: ...

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Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:46 pm
 
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