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06 November 2013 @ 01:01 pm
expertise?  
What are you an expert in?

What does it mean to you to be an expert in general or in that thing?
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porpurina: tequilarinabloodstones on November 6th, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
There is a definition of expert that involves getting to a skill level where the activity is automated (and interestingly, novices screw up when they don't think about what they're doing, experts screw up when they do). By that definition I'm an expert at driving. I know all the studies that show everyone thinks they're an above average driver, despite the statistical impossibility of that. While not everyone can be above average I would argue that everyone who drives regularly is an expert at that task because it would be nothing but terrifying accidents all the time if the majority of drivers weren't experts.

Also: homesign, atypical language development, quilting, money management, having awesome workouts/being aware of my body's needs and limitations. ETA: Oh! Also I am an expert at drawing my webcomic. No one else does that.

Edited at 2013-11-06 11:57 pm (UTC)
Randomnessr_ness on November 9th, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
While not everyone can be above average I would argue that everyone who drives regularly is an expert at that task because it would be nothing but terrifying accidents all the time if the majority of drivers weren't experts.

This is disturbingly true.

I think of myself as a very average driver with lots of experience, which sounds like it may fit what you're saying.

P. S. This is an odd place to tell you this but if I don't take the chance now I'll forget: the last time contrariety was in town she left something for me to give you; remind me to bring it along next time we meet up.
porpurina: road tripbloodstones on November 10th, 2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
I agree about the driving. I TA-ed a Decision Making class where the prof asked everyone whether or not people considered themselves an above average driver compared to the rest of the people in the room (making the point that people's perception of things often defied statistical probability) and it's the one time when I felt confident about being an above average driver because I had 10 years more driving experience than almost everyone in the room and have both regular commuting and long distance driving experience when most of the students probably had neither. Other than that I'm really happy being an average driver. I really want everyone on the road to be at least as good at it as I am.

As for the other thing, I have a suggestion for the hanging out ~ I'll email you in a minute.