Knowledge, reasoning and Learning

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Knowledge, both of self and of the outside world, is key to anything we do that could be considered intelligent. Reasoning is what we do with knowledge and learning is what happens when our knowledge changes, hopefully for the better.

Discussion of the capability in individuals

At the basic level, as children, we begin to understand society from observing our family dynamic, and their cultural norms and values. Observational learning as studied by, Albert Bandura [1] describes the process of social learning through observation and interaction. By observing our family interaction within our communities, and their civic involvement we can discover the dynamics of society.At it's best formal education teaches students the ability to engage in critical thinking in order to solve complex problems. While in the education system we gather not only the knowledge, reasoning and learning needed to have a functioning, life but also gain perspective in institutional interactions with the greater community, such as service learning programs [2], sister-school programs [3], and foreign exchange programs [4]

Discussion of the capability in society

The structure of a society mirrors its ability to navigate and resolve complex issues, such as public health, city planning, education and emergency responses. The ability to understand intricate problems and impart that knowledge to the greater community is important to a societies process, such as political meetings, town hall meetings, and institutional collaboration. Non- profit organizations play an important role in bringing important issues to public attention. Often these causes are ones abandoned by governmental groups.

How it currently works

Non-profit organizations are often founded on the passionate ideals or causes of an individual, or concerned group. Through community awareness programs these causes gain support often through volunteer support and government charity tax bracket status. Non-profits usually have a mission statement defining their goals and policies.


  • Educational Institutions
  • Financial Institutions
  • Non-profits
  • Media: Radio, Television, Print, Internet, Arts organizations, Symphony, theater, dance, Film, etc.
  • Social Groups: 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc.
  • Political organizations: Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Socialist, Tea Party, etc.
  • Unions
  • Librarys
  • Museums
  • Historical sites and orgnizations, i.e UNESCO

Potential deficiencies

Idealized version of how the capability would work in society