I'm exploring how people acquire, share and efficiently apply knowledge and experience; structuring my thoughts by writing axioms, propositions and formulae.
When writing, I struggle with choosing the right words to accurately describe certain thoughts around these subjects, because some essential words are either ambiguous, synonymous or overlapping; yet I feel like there are subtle distinctions that I fail to discern.
Specifically, I struggle with choosing between knowledge and experience.
These are the definitions I have in mind:
Knowledge: Facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.
Experience: The knowledge or skill acquired by a period of practical experience of something, especially that gained in a particular profession.
What are the nuances and differences between knowledge and experience?
My current understanding is that knowledge and experience are very much synonymous, however, knowledge emphasises theory, whereas experience emphasises practice. Whenever I struggle with choosing between the two, it's usually because I'm looking for an "all inclusive" word.
Here are a few excerpts from my own working definitions:
Knowledge is the sum of my impressions, based on how I understand my sensory input. Experience is the act of exercising and challenging my knowledge (or lack thereof), in order to obtain sensory input. There is a symbiotic relationship between knowledge (theory) and experience (practice).
One of the things I'm trying to figure out is if the mutualistic relationship between knowledge and experience is obligate or facultative in nature.
Does there exist a collective term that includes all nuances of both knowledge and experience?
I greatly appreciate any information and advice you can give me.