Organic Knowledge

Organic Knowledge is grown from a life-long experience, interest and knowledge of the creator. On the other side, there is Artificial Knowledge – ideas, a knowledge that springs from some isolated event. Therefore it lacks many connections to different experiences, areas of knowledge the creator of organic ideas might have. Artificial ideas are less rooted in the world and therefore are much less sustainable and have a lot higher chance of failure.


Connected ideas: Theorethical vs. Practical knowledge. Learning using theory

who masterfully explains science using the simplest terms (
Fun to Imagine by Faynman
and Six Easy Pieces) is the prime example of the level of insights you can arrive on when you take an organic approach to learning. When he was a Physics student instead of focusing on memorizing theory from the textbooks he would go to math department and challenge anybody to explain a complex problem using only simple terms. He believed that if he can understand a complex problem this way he would be able to arrive at the same conclusions

I think I took this term from

and his essay Organic Startup Ideas "There are two types of startup ideas: those that grow organically out of your own life, and those that you decide, from afar, are going to be necessary to some class of users other than you". He also says that most successful startups they help grow in Y-Combinator were based on organic ideas.