The value of Knowledge (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla PhD)


The value of Knowledge (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla PhD)

By Diego Fdez-Sevilla PhD. CV english and español. Resume. Interdisciplinary Skills applied in the line of research presented.- Index for all analyses published. – Shares and Feedback at LinkedIn


CCTV footage of March 2011 tsunami in Japan became part of the news when unseen images were released in 2013 as it was covered in the following blog:

Previously unseen CCTV footage of March 2011 tsunami is intense 【Video】

and youtube:(min 1.34)

As recent as 9 October 2018, and after the tsunami which affected Indonesia, once again, images containing misinformation are spreading through the media. A situation with implications which I have discussed in previous publications and I want to address once more.

The applicability of knowledge

A year ago, I was interviewed by a Spanish radio program looking into the applications of academic knowledge outside academia, and examples of PhDs capable of making the transition from one world into the other.

In this interview I defended the value of knowledge as a tool to be applied in all sectors of society, with a broad potential behind developing the skill of performing research and the enhanced capabilities of educating your mind to become critically awake.

I am not sure if I managed to answer the ultimate question: how do you apply all of this in a “profitable” manner?

The first and most important example comes with the capacity to increase the accuracy of making well informed decisions. And safe money by saving time.

Looking at the image shared previously over the tsunami affecting a location, what it really matters is how much impact, those misleading images and references, can have over those with a responsibility judging situations. If you are thinking on organising Humanitarian Aid with a Cargo Charter, you might end up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

This is a topic over which I have already written about with a similar scenario over flooding at the Atacama desert, and I would encourage any one interested in the subject to read it in full:

InFormAtion. The “Act” of “Giving Form” to “Knowledge” (by Diego fdez-Sevilla) September 30, 2015

The value of knowledge can not be restricted to data management because since everything can be shaped as “data”, we will be at risk of loosing perspective over what “data” means and its difference with what it is “information”. Something which I have also addressed in previous publications, for the academic field and also, for the implications over the broad social awareness on scientific developments and communication. I would invite anyone interested to read the present article in full, but also, the following publications:

The scope of Environmental Science and scientific thought. From Thought-driven to Data-driven, from Critical Thinking to Data Management. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)  Researchgate: DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2007.0161 June 26, 2015
Science, scientists, researchers, policy-makers, and the rest of society. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) ResearchGate DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.16928.89607 At LinkedIn November 28, 2013
October 16, 2017 The “Illusion” of Knowledge or A Trust Issue Nobody Wants to Feel Responsible For (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla PhD) ResearchGate DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.24451.20008

The transference of Knowledge

If there is any doubt on what is the value of knowledge and training, I guess it lies behind the awakening of your senses.

The analyses performed throughout the present line of research touch different disciplines. The incorporation in the methodology of an interdisciplinary approach is the result of applying my previous training and experience.

Many issues considered part of the actual state of the debate on environmental policies and academic research have been around for quite a long time already. I was born in 1974, and since back then, some things have improved, others have moved backwards (e.g. waste treatment, environmental health, …) and some others are still at the same stage, which means those have not evolved in more than 40 years. This is in fact an issue I have tried to overcome, so throughout my career I have tried to incorporate the lessons learned in previous experiences in order to mature patterns of thought as well in order to become more vigilant avoiding missing the significant meaning of things under the tag of the “obvious”.

In 1993 I was 19 years old when I began my formation in Biological Sciences (Bachelor degree designed for 3 years full time) and later on the specific field of Environmental Studies (Masters designed for 2 years full time). In a part time basis, and through eight years,  I looked into the processes driving synergies between the biotic and none biotic components of the  ecosystems, looking into the chemical, physical and thermodynamic aspects of those synergies. I have applied this knowledge to address the significance behind the synergies existent between climate and biota.

Debating Climate, Environment and Planetary evolution. Define your position. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)  ResearchGate DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.27332.73603 October 2, 2014
December 23, 2015 New insides on old concepts (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) Researchgate DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4211.8001
March 3, 2017 Thermodynamic Ecosystems by Diego Fdez-Sevilla PhD  ResearchGate DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.32238.10566
October 11, 2017 4 Years of Research on Climate. Letters from the Vessel “Filling in/Finding Out”. Captain’s Log by Diego Fdez-Sevilla PhD

My career in academic research started as Lab technician in the field of Aerobiology in 2002, (I was 28). In this field and throughout several years I spent countless hours looking through a microscope studying the particle content of the atmosphere. The practise of learning how to identify and interpret the differences in texture and the depth of field in the visual sample has helped me to apply such experience in the application of satellite imagery.

In 2003 I was 29, and I moved to UK to perform a PhD (PhD Conclusions here). Throught three years I performed several trials looking into improving the quality of the microscopic image obtained by the interaction between the refraction index of different sampling materials and embedding mediums applied, including the use of several lightning techniques and fluorescence filters. This experience help me to identify the use different channels and filters applied in satellite imagery.

Interdisciplinary Analyses and Lateral Thinking in Climatic Studies. From Micro to Macro (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) July 4, 2015

Also in my PhD I analysed the implications that changing atmospheric conditions of wind speed and direction oppose over the sampling efficiency of passive and active sampling methods (Isokinetic conditions). The difference in pressure conditions between the streamlines carrying particles and the pressure conditions at the sampling inlet dictates their efficiency. As part of the research carried out I setted up several experiments outdoors and in a wind tunnel. I apply this experience to understand the influence that variations and differences in pressure conditions exert over the configuration of streamlines.

July 17, 2015 Something for the curious minds. Climate and Streamlines (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla PhD) ResearchGate DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.34629.96485 
August 6, 2015 Atmospheric Composition and Thermal Conductivity. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla PhD)

Also through my PhD I looked into the aerodynamics behaviour of pollen grains under different conditions of wind speed, direction and humidity. I apply the knowledge acquired from those studies to look into the dynamics associating atmospheric particles with the behaviour of water vapour due to their nature as drop nuclei particles involved in cloud formation.

May 14, 2015 A roller-coaster of temperatures in South Europe. Spain (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla PhD)  Pdf DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.27634.20165

In 2007 I was 33 and I moved to Poland to perform research in the same field of Aerobiology. Even though most of the studies in the field of Aerobiology are orientated towards allergenic topics, this time I wanted to use the data available to explore the synergies existent between anthropogenic environments (urbanization rates), climatic variables and plants behaviour. I first presented this work at conferences in Turku 2008. Later published as: Assessment between pollen seasons in areas with different urbanization level related to local vegetation sources and differences in allergen exposure. Aerobiologia, Vol 26-1, 1-14. (2010). I have applied this insight knowledge in my analyses addressing sources of synergistic alterations from anthropogenic forcing over the performance of ecosystems.

February 25, 2016 Forecasts For Ecosystems (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)  ReasearchGate DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.36832.17925
March 31, 2016 Plant growth, CO2, Soil and Nutrients. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) Researchgate DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.5173.0803
April 22, 2016 Plant an Idea and Then a Tree… But Which Ones? (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)  Reasearchgate DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3977.0489

An important part of my career as researcher has been to study the  sources of bias affecting methodological procedures and their implications over the efficiency of the results obtained. Due to this experience I apply a strong sense of critical thinking towards all components being part of the analytical process, from the theoretical premisses applied to design the methodology, the capabilities of the instruments, the management of the retrieval of the data, its analysis and its interpretation.

June 5, 2015 Climate and Data. Drinking From the Source (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)
The scope of Environmental Science and scientific thought. From Thought-driven to Data-driven, from Critical Thinking to Data Management. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)  Researchgate: DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2007.0161 June 26, 2015
InFormAtion. The “Act” of “Giving Form” to “Knowledge” (by Diego fdez-Sevilla) September 30, 2015
September 2, 2016 Climate Drift, The True Meaning of Things and the Drift of Those. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD.) ResearchGate DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.22069.78561
February 6, 2018 Feb 2018. Climate Drifts and The Scientific Method of Waiting 30 Years. Follow up on previous assessments by Diego Fdez-Sevilla PhD Pdf at ResearchGate DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.18823.09122

I have also worked in grounds maintenance and gardening. This experience has allowed me to have first hand experience in the involvement of soils and biota in affecting climatological variables such as temperature, humidity, aerosols and most importantly, albedo and air quality. All those factors are key drivers modifying the environmental conditions transported within air masses responsible of heat waves, offering fundamental applications into understanding their implications in global climatic drifts.

March 3, 2017 Thermodynamic Ecosystems by Diego Fdez-Sevilla PhD  ResearchGate DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.32238.10566

In 2009 I worked as Environmental Coordinator in a small university in Spain. From this experience I increased my understanding of the role that management plays into affecting the process of designing and implementing policies. Many times communication is process which is applied unidirectionally. Without the involvement of the existent niches in the process of design it becomes very challenging to implement changes without causing disruptions. And that situation deteriorates the efficacy in the execution of any planning meanwhile, in other hand, the enforcement of implementing a strategy designed without insight knowledge over those executing it carries the potential of misreading the real side effects of its implementation.

May 7, 2015 Domesticating Nature. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) Rsearchgate  DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.36812.51848
What Is Wrong With The Concept “Bio”? (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) November 26, 2015

I have also worked independently in market research studies and this experience has helped me to recognise the drivers in the market sector and the differences existent through the different sectors involved in the value chain of a product. From raw to manufactured, stored and sold, applied and its waste treated, different considerations apply when looking into solutions and improvement. What it can be considered an improvement for one sector in the production chain, it might become a problem in other steps as part of the chain.

Our Environment. One Vision and Many Thoughts. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) May 20, 2016

Throughout all the different activities which I have carried out to date, inside and outside academia, another important side of the experience that I have gathered and applied in this line of research,  it has been thanks to the variety of people with whom I have interacted by living in different countries and also from being part of different social backgrounds; a researcher at conferences, a family member, a bar tender, a gardener, … . The social interaction resultant from getting involved in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment helps to understand the existence of links and gaps between different groups of knowledge. I have applied this experience to highlight the potential sources of bias incorporated in the performance for each social group separately, as well as throughout the interaction between those.

Science, scientists, researchers, policy-makers, and the rest of society. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) ResearchGate DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.16928.89607 At LinkedIn November 28, 2013
Cross-pollinators and the risks of specialization. The screw and the knife. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) January 16, 2014
Cultural cognition and the role it plays in polarizing debates. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) February 3, 2014
Communication takes more than just publishing thoughts. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) June 9, 2015

Altogether the approach followed in the line of research presented represents an innovative perspective created from knowledge, experience and time.

December 23, 2015 New insides on old concepts (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla PhD) Researchgate DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4211.8001
August 12, 2016 Ups and Downs on Climatic Assessments. A Matter of Multiple Perspectives from the Same Point of View (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD.) Researchgate  DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.31687.60320
August 31, 2017 Climate. A System Becoming Dominated By Free Energy. The “Drama”, Character Driven VS Plot Driven (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla PhD)  ResearchGate: DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.18509.13289
April 10, 2018 Attending Conferences from the Distance. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla PhD)
April 19, 2018 Climate, Weather and Energy. Using a Climatic Regime to explain Weather Events by Diego Fdez-Sevilla PhD Research DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.27923.58406

From my participation at Researchgate

Why did you followed a career in research/education? (From ResearchGate Q&A participation)

As an undergraduate student I never got satisfied by grades as a reward. It didn´t make sense to me since those did not resolve the “relevant” questions I had in my mind. I got frustrated because I wanted to understand those things that were affecting my life without relying just on “judgements evaluating my performance”. My surprise came when I started to do research, and my approach prioritising understanding over “rewards” not only matched with the required attitude to perform in research, but it also allowed me to achieve higher goals and expand my capacity to interact with similar mindsets. Finding people willing to engage sharing this type of passion, interested in my participation and my saying, is for me a kind of recognition, and the type of it which I value as a reward. I am curious and socially compromised with personal values. So, even though I am in my 40’s (born in 1974), in a transition period without a job in research, and I might have to change the path in my career in order to find any job, I am still trying to keep my career in research because, when in the right atmosphere, it combines all those values I treasure; passion for expanding the limits of our understanding, functionality improving our performance through our actions and camaraderie. Those values can be found also in other careers but research is one that I know it can offer them and suits me.

What is learning efficiency? (From Researchgate Q&A participation)

Learning efficiency and effectiveness is all about implementing whatever has been learnt. Either raw knowledge into previous patterns of thought or the process of generating new patterns of thought.

The final achievement would be to reach the implementation of new concepts into new patterns of thought incrementing the capacity to adopt different perspectives and to identify connections between seemly isolated concepts.

That would expand the capacity to identify scenarios, their complexity, the actions dependent on it, the potential for interaction and the capacity to change the outcome (or problem solving).

In simple words, what we learn become effective when it becomes useful because we get to implement it in our capacity to interact.

When I was a student at school and university, my teachers often said that even thought they saw intelligence in my capabilities I usually did not get good marks because my answers to the questions applied to evaluate my performance used to be considered “scattered” playing with too many concepts instead of focussing in an specific take giving “the answer” expected. 20 years later I see that, in part, my lack of focus in learning and replicating specific postures came from a frustration in the absence of integrating concepts from different disciplines in the learning process. In my college studies I chose Biology with the expectation of understanding the behaviour of the world surrounding me. That did not mean to learn to give names to things, processes and behaviours, but to become aware of how and why things happen in all forms of existence. That is what biology is for me. From and between planets to stars, trees and animals, water, air and land, at micro and macro scales, from thermodynamically driven to thought induced.

The process of identifying our world and its parts in scientific terms is directly related with the cognitive capabilities of the observer to become aware of its role interacting with it as an active element in the equation. So that involves understanding data and knowledge management as well as human behaviour and conceptual barriers in the learning process.

After having worked in academia as PhD and outside academia, in 2012 I found myself without a permanent job position. The option to keep moving came with sporadic jobs in consultancy which, however, were becoming more sporadic in an economic recession. When I looked at my options to keep my career in the path of research I faced a reality slap. When I was working as a researcher I had so tight schedules that I didn´t focused my attention on publishing papers. So I found myself without articles which would make my CV competitive in selection processes related with performing research, but furthermore, since I was not part of a research institution, I could not increase my publications due to the restrictions in the academic system applied to have access to publish work (status and economic).

Under such scenario I decided to demonstrate my analytical skills and productive capabilities applying my own perspective and methodology building a line of research and body of knowledge, open for public review and scrutiny, published in the only way I had possible, a blog.

Then I had the question of choosing the line of thought over which I would base my publications.

As I pointed out in my previous answer to Peter’s comment, “for me, the answer to the original question of what is Learning efficiency and effectiveness, comes within those questions reached through the process. The questions which lead you to other questions and keep you evolving in your process of searching for knowledge and perspectives to digest this knowledge. The most rich learning process does not come from the knowledge selected by others for you to learn but by the pattern of thought inspired which make you ask the questions which lead you to such knowledge.

Like building a house, you need to know where the materials are going to be placed before you order them.

In today’s time knowledge has arrived in the form of “pills”, encapsulated conceptualizations of what is right and wrong to be known. But little attention is given to what are the questions in the heads of those we want to teach “knowledge”.

Accordingly, I titled my blog, “Filling in/Finding out, gaps of knowledge”.

Since 2013 I have been publishing my assessments over environmental issues focusing on addressing the implications from obviating the repercussions triggered by leaving unaddressed or unidentified, gaps of knowledge in specific topics. From those found on specific environmental issues to those found in assessing climatic alterations, from those found on methodological designs to those shaped on cultural cognition.

In order to enhance discussion and evaluate the value of my publications I actively shared them at LinkedIn trying to promote an open review through discussion over a multidisciplinary approach.

From the experience that I gathered over these years publishing my work and interacting at LinkedIn I agree with Peter on that there is a need for “a mixture of knowledge of the past and enough freedom in our syllabus for new thinking”.

One scenario which I have found is to reach conclusions through my work which were not previously addressed in peer review articles.

In 2014 I shared an assessment over mechanisms working in atmospheric dynamics which would be part of a shift in seasonality and energetic flows in the atmosphere. This situation led me to specifically ask for feedback over those assessments by email and at groups at linkedIn made of specific scientific profiles such as AGU and NOAA. The response I found from one eminent scientist in the field was that my assessments could not be verified by previous peer review articles. Apparently, that was enough to answer my petition for feedback. So she did not dispute the value of them but neither recognise it. But, moreover, the feedback from the members of AGU and NOAA at LInkedIN was silence. Simply silence. No criticism, neither agreement.

As I said in my previous comment in this thread, I can only interpret this behaviour as “In the absence of previous work which to be compared, most academics do not want to take the step of moving out from their comfortable zone.” In other words, to perpetuate the static pattern of thought learnt and projected at schools, universities, …

Since then I have kept extending the outcomes from my line of research and start to become familiar with the tools and opportunities offered by social media platforms. One of the tools available in a blog are the statistics generated from the location of the visits.

Looking at those statistics one new surprisingly disturbing situation has appeared.

I have continued publishing and sharing at linkedin and ResearcgGate my line of research over the next years. This year 2016, 2 years after the start of publishing my assessments, new peer review articles are appearing addressing the assessments which I pointed out in my publications, some of them, too closely related to be mere coincidence in time and topic. Even the authors are based on institutions which have appeared as visits to my blog. However, none of those publications share any attribution of acknowledgement over the source of the inspiration driving their publication and the previous related work found in my publications.

I am sure I might not be the only one in this situation, but in my case, it becomes very frustrating seeing that publishing my assessments instead of gaining the recognition which could potentially overcome my limitations in peer review publications is being opportunistically used by others whom have the privilege of enjoying whole lot of access to more resources than me.

The way how I see the present situation around learning and implementing knowledge in science or society,  someone might have the capacity to analyse and unveil new insides on any topic, but the system is made for those with access to resources.

Like the perpetuation of historical events is driven by the winners of the battles, the perpetuation of knowledge and scientific thought is driven by those controlling the access to resources, data, labs, “recognised” media, money, time, …

About Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD.

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