tacit knowledge



Unwritten, unspoken, and hidden vast storehouse of knowledge held by practically every normal human being, based on his or her emotions, experiences, insights, intuition, observations and internalized information. Tacit knowledge is integral to the entirety of a person's consciousness, is acquired largely through association with other people, and requires joint or shared activities to be imparted from on to another. Like the submerged part of an iceberg it constitutes the bulk of what one knows, and forms the underlying framework that makes explicit knowledge possible.
Concept of tacit knowledge was introduced by the Hungarian philosopher-chemist Michael Polanyi (1891-1976) in his 1966 book 'The Tacit Dimension.' Also called informal knowledge.

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  • You should always try and have tacit knowledge for any project you are about to undertake to not get caught off guard.

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  • We all had an abundance of tacit knowledge that we could count on all the time and most of us were not even aware of.

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  • You may one day have an epiphany and not know where it came from but its been in your tacit knowledge all along.

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