Which is more important, book knowledge or experience ?

@tudors (1556)
China
February 5, 2009 9:36am CST
How do you compare book knowledge and experience ? which is more important ? As I see it, book knowledge covers a wider range of knowledge, almost everything you can think of. Opening up an encyclopedia and sitting in front, then the whole world is unfolding before your eyes. One's personal experience is relatively limited by many factors though we do learn from practice. Yet we can not experience everythng, every field. So i would say book knowledge is more comprehensive while individual experience is more practical. Do you agree or disagree?
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@Porcospino (16175)
• Denmark
6 Feb 09
I think that both things are equally important. When I went to nursing school we had to get a lot of book knowledge, and that knowledge is important because you need to know what to do and what to avoid. If you don't have any theoretical knowlegde about nursing you might accidentally harm the patients, simply because you aren't aware of potential dangers etc. You need at least a basic knowledge about hygiene and similar things. On the other hand I think that theoretical knowledge is useless if you don't learn to combine it with practice and experience. You can't learn the practical things that a nurse has to do simply by reading about them. You can only learn things by doing them yourself.
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@tudors (1556)
• China
6 Feb 09
That's right , i agree. and it happens that i used to be a nurse years ago. so i can understand your point.
@spoiled311 (5504)
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
hi tudors! i think both are important. i have studied in school but most of what i use now in my living are what i learned at work or my personal experience. but just the same, i think everything has worked to make me the person that i am now. whatever kind of learning is important in making or breaking us. that is my thought. i am also practical, but i still read books to learn some more. and i also ask other people's opinions. take care and God bless you! happy mylotting! keep on"!
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@tudors (1556)
• China
5 Feb 09
yeah, both are essential, just like fish can not live without water. Have a nice weekend !
• Romania
6 Feb 09
They are both important, but in my opinion I have to disagree a bit, I don't think that book knowledge is more important than experience. Yes it's very helpful to know all sort of stuff from books, there are tons of things you can learn by reading, but nothing comparse to real experiences. You can't compare reading about something to actually feeling it. It's a totally different thing and it's much better in my opinion. It's great if you have knowledge about diverse stuff when you get to actually experience it, but if you just read all the time and never get to try anything it's not that exciting... I'm not saying it's a waste of time, but you should try applying what you can, you should try to live as much as possible - what is the point in reading about other great things if you can't live your own life? And also, it helps a lot to understand more about what you're reading. There are some people that can udnerstand more when they experience the actually thing described in the book. There are some that learn faster this way, actually. Some need to experience it to understand better what it's about. It's indeed helpful to see and try all the things you read about to get a clearer view on what it's refering to. Like in school... remember the physics class... (at least in my case) the teacher would talk and talk the whole hour about a certain effect, and it was a bit hard to underrstand what she meant, but when she showed us with a real machine, then I got a clearer perception on that theory and it was much easier to remember that way.
@dropofrain (1169)
• India
6 Feb 09
Book knowledge is really important but it should be well complimented with the experience to actually understand what all is going on. I think experience is more important than the knowledge. With the experience the knowledge is the by product.
@derek_a (10905)
6 Feb 09
Experience is the most powerful knowledge of all, because once we experience something, we really KNOW it. Books are useful in encouraging us to experiment with life and get to know what we've read about experientially. Yes, I agree that practice makes perfect experience. I would say that reading books and experiencing what they are talking about, are two different realities :-) Derek
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• India
6 Feb 09
i would say that experience will teach better than book ,when you experience it you will understand it better and you grasp better .in the other hand ,book knowledge is also important ,as you said my friend the which can not be covered by experience can be gained through book..happy myloting and have anice day..
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@reichiru (749)
• Canada
6 Feb 09
Well both are pretty important, but I would actually say that experience is more important. Take driving for example. You can read about all the scenarios that might occur while you're driving, but when actually thrown into the situation your mind would go totally blank and you would forget the proper way to handle the situation and perhaps make a critical error. Only experience can help you with something like that, because with experience you gain a faster reaction time and instinct to the things you have experienced before. Of course book knowledge is still very important, and learning how to balance and implement the two in your life would definitely be beneficial.
@tudors (1556)
• China
6 Feb 09
hi, there. I like your saying and all your guys'. I never expecte to receive 36 responses from this discussion i started. And thank you all for your kind, wise responses and pardon me if i fail to respond one by one timely.
• Canada
5 Feb 09
Neither book knowledge, nor experience can be categorically said to be superior. What matters is your ability to apply knowledge to practical situations. Experience that cannot be applied is useless, as is book knowledge that you cannot actually use.
@tudors (1556)
• China
6 Feb 09
hi, good remark, pal. very glad to see you devote your first response to the discussion started by me. keep on and welcome to mylot.
• United States
5 Feb 09
I believe that both are equally important. Too much of one is useless without the other. If you know everything about a subject but are unable to apply the knowledge because you do not have experience then you cannot do anything with your knowledge. On the other hand, if you have experience but do not know anything about a subject you cannot progress very far or improve upon your experience. Both are necessary to suceed in my opinion.
@tudors (1556)
• China
6 Feb 09
ah ha, i totally agree with you. have a nice weekend, runner.
• Nepal
5 Feb 09
I think both is essential. since I am hospitality management student I need both things.
• United States
6 Feb 09
To be very good somewhere you would need both knowledge and experience so i would agree with you.
@yevrah13 (19)
• Philippines
11 Jan 10
experience is the best important since i do believe to the saying that EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST TEACHER.
@Ritchelle (3798)
• Philippines
10 Jan 10
book knowledge is definitely more important as this gets your foor in the door anywhere. however, this isn't the only thing that's important as once you get your foot in, so they say. years of experience of colleagues would play more in everything. we learn valuable things through each passing year and no genius, young as he is, can ever catch up with such .
• Philippines
29 Nov 09
Hello tudors! There are three areas that must be improved in an individual. The cognitive, affective and the psychomotor. By improving the three areas, one becomes a well-rounded individual. The cognitive domain involves knowledge and the development of intellectual skills. This includes the recall or recognition of specific facts, procedural patterns, and concepts that serve in the development of intellectual abilities and skills. The affective domain includes the manner in which we deal with things emotionally, such as feelings, values, appreciation, enthusiasms, motivations, and attitudes. The psychomotor domain includes physical movement, coordination, and use of the motor-skill areas. Development of these skills requires practice and is measured in terms of speed, precision, distance, procedures, or techniques in execution. By learning all these, we know that book knowledge is not enough, it must be furthered with experience. As a teacher, one of the things I always emphasize in class is to be trained well to be able to hurdle the challenges in real life.
• India
22 Feb 09
Well....what is important is not experience No neither it is book knowledge But its the ability of the person to act in any situation.... This ability can be increased by three things: 1.Experience 2.Book knowledge 3.Attitude The one who knows how to manage these three at the right level.....he can handle any damn situation....
@xParanoiax (7007)
• United States
13 Feb 09
It -depends- on your natural ability to apply book knowledge to situations, and your ability to think quickly and react. Experience just helps you apply knowledge quickly, to skip thinking more often, and to react fast. So if you have a natural intuitive ability to adapt...then book learning may be all you need in most situations. But experience definitely counts for something, but on top of it all...it's just another means to an end -- like book learning, though one could argue that reading's faster than taking years of DOING...but really it depends on what's the most efficient one for you personally, on level of importance. Certainly, neither one is exactly everything.
@ahgong (10088)
• Singapore
12 Feb 09
Well, I must agree with you on your definition of the two. But there is no one aspect which is more important. It is the balance between the two that brings out the wishdom in us. That to me is more important than just books or experience alone. Cos if you never learn from books, how are you going to apply it to experience? And if you never experience it in life, how do you know what knowledge to seek from books? Agree?
@MythiliK (141)
• Switzerland
7 Feb 09
Though book knowledge is required, experience is the one which makes man complete. Whatever you study, will get the real meaning only when you implement it, experience it. If I write "Icecream" in a piece of paper and give to you, it won't give the real experience of tasting it.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
7 Feb 09
When it comes to living your live, I'd say experience is the most important, book knowledge certainly helps. but you can get by without it.
@sweetyethot (1738)
• China
7 Feb 09
I couldnt agree more!What you say do makes sense!So I guess we should read as many good books as possible and try to enrich our life experience as well.Just remember not to be a bookworm.
@ankithat (87)
• India
7 Feb 09
hey, obviously, both are important.........equally important. you seem to place a lot of importance on book knowledge........well, i cant agree with that. yes, it is true that books have all the knowledge in the world......but only by going through them, and not trying out anything on you own, you will reach nowhere.........remember that the books you read are also written by people who have hands on experience on that topic........anyways, this is just my view..... happy mylotting.......and have a nice day.....:-)