It feels like narratives and knowledge are two related concepts that would appear in some sort of diagram, but I have never seen such a diagram and I'm not sure exactly what the connection between the two looks like.
My understanding is that knowledge is a collection of facts and relationships between facts. All facts and connections somehow have to be connected to truth, but I'm not sure exactly how. (some sort of network?) A narrative is a human-understandable structure created from bits and pieces of a knowledge network. A narrative may be a substructure of knowledge itself or a kind of synthesis of the person's knowledge or something else that is not "true" but is still generated from knowledge. I'm not sure exactly.
I'm imagining a generator object. This object contains some subset of all human-understandable knowledge. The generator can take this knowledge structure and generate other structures with the requirement that the generated structure is somehow human understandable. I'm thinking some or all of those structures are narratives? If some or all generated structures are not narratives, then what are they?
Is it fair to say that a narrative is generated from some body of knowledge and embedded into a transmittable context (voice, text, etc)? Someone else can extract the narrative if they receive the embedding.
Are narratives and knowledge created from the same collection of elements? Perhaps the word "beliefs" should enter the conversation to account for "not knowledge"? Is a narrative something that is either knowledge or not knowledge?
The more I think about it the more directions and possibilities I'm seeing. Can anyone help pinpoint a concise, coherent story of the relationship between these two concepts?
UPDATE: I've been thinking through the responses. Ted Wrigley and CriglCragl intuitively seem like they gave the best answers. I don't know if I've extracted the crucial points because the following are my thoughts on how to answer my original question.
If a narrative can represent knowledge, then is the narrative knowledge? If so, a narrative can also be not knowledge and this leads to the idea that narrative space is larger than knowledge space and knowledge space is a subset of narrative space. (True/False?)
I also considered the opposite. Is knowledge just narratives? The right answer is probably more subtle. Here are three possibilities:
- Knowledge is narratives.
- Knowledge can be converted into a narrative (narritivised)
- Knowledge has a surrounding narrative structure. Without the structure it would not be knowledge.
Which of these is definitely false and which is the best? Perhaps there is a better fourth option?
Here are some similar statements with which I'm grappling with: Narratives can be knowledge. Knowledge is a set or network of narratives. Knowledge is not a set or network of narratives but it can be mapped into a set or network of narratives, and then perhaps the mapping can be reversed (into what format)? Knowledge is abstract and can only be represented in physical reality as narrative...etc.
Overall, I think the direction I'm coming from is the idea that knowledge can be stored in the brain somehow and proof of knowledge can be shown by outputting physical action such writing text, speaking, performing some other act, etc. A narrative can also be output as text, voice, etc. Any proof of knowledge or representation of knowledge seems to be a narrative. Knowledge exists as narratives? (I'm starting to think my definition of narrative is "a pattern with meaning". A physical pattern?). I need to do more reading and thinking to really pin this down.