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I always thought a person who knew "more and more about less and less" was a
specialist, while one who knew less and less about more and more was a
generalist. They may both be experts in their own way.

-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher Wright [mailto:chrisw(--nospam--at)skypoint.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2003 9:06 AM
To: SEAOC Newsletter
Subject: RE: who is an expert?


>It has been said that an expert is ..."a person who makes mistakes quietly"
>or "a person who makes three guesses consecutively and therefore
establishes
>a reputation as an expert" or "a person who knows more and more about less
>and less".
I've been following this with some interest. The courts actually have 
definitions of experts. In testimony an engineering expert is expected to 
hold opinions 'to a reasonable degree of scientific certainty' meaning 
that there is scientific foundation for the opinion and that in the main 
most reasonable engineers would understand the basis for opinion.

My own feeling is that experts are able to learn from the mistakes of 
others as well as their own. Not everyone can do this. 

Christopher Wright P.E.    |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
chrisw(--nospam--at)skypoint.com        | this distance"   (last words of Gen.
___________________________| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)
http://www.skypoint.com/~chrisw


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