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ML49: The Difference Between Knowledge and Wisdom

They're two words that get thrown around a lot but what exactly is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Here's my take on the difference between knowledge and wisdom, broken down into four main areas, along with actionable insights using some of my favourite stories and my own personal experience.
Nasos Papadopoulos

They're two words that get thrown around a lot but what exactly is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? 

Knowledge is something closer to what the Ancient Greeks called Episteme – a specialised knowledge in a particular field or an ability in a skill that's descriptive or explanatory in nature.

Wisdom is something that’s harder to define but it’s closer to what the Greeks called Phronesis – it’s a more general understanding of how to live a good life and the decisions we should make.

In this episode I discuss the differences between knowledge and wisdom, and the insights we can draw from them, including: 


- Knowledge comes and goes but wisdom lasts
- Knowledge is additive and wisdom is subtractive
- Knowledge Can Be Taught But Wisdom Must Be Learned

So whether you're looking to make better decisions in your life or become more practically wise, this episode will give you actionable insights that will help you think smarter and make better decisions.

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