'Need to distinguish between information and knowledge'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Nov 20, 2014 20:47 IST

World Philosophy Day was observed at the Government Rajindera College here on Wednesday to remember philosopher Socrates. The day was organised by the Philosophy and Psychology Association (PAPA). Dr Kumar Niraj Sachdeva, associate professor, Birla Institute of Technology and science, Pillani, Rajasthan , was the speaker on the occasion.

The seminar was organised in association with the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR). "Desires are rational. If desires are not rational then the knowledge has the capacity to control irrational desires. Hence, we celebrated this day as knowledge day to remember Socrates," said Dr Kumar.

Dr Kumar explained how to embrace morality in one's life. "Whenever there is confusion, decision should be made on the basis of relevance of thought. The motivation comes from the inquisitiveness and we should never snub inquisitiveness inside us. We should give it a space to flourish," said Dr Kumar. He said knowledge itself motivates us to do good deeds.

Head of the philosophy department Dr Gurjit Mann explained the importance of the day and said that Socrates' philosophy is most relevant during these times.

"There is bombardment of information on us. But this information is not translating into knowledge. In fact, the possibility of information transforming into knowledge has decreased. It is very important for us to distinguish between information and knowledge in the era of 24-hour TV channels and online world in our hands in the form of mobiles," said Mann.

Students Aiptal and Amit Rama also read poems and sang a song on Socrates. Principal Vijay Goyal welcomed the guests and asked students to get maximum advantage from such events. Students were also honoured at the occasion.

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