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The definition of an expert

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    I just love talking to these 'experts' face-to-face. Some are so full of themselves they don't even realise when you are taking the p**s out of them. I know my own limitations, and I always seek to expand my knowledge. But some of these so-called experts are almost fanatical about how good they think they are.

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    Hey, dont knock it, I was called an expert on all things WWII German on another forum the other day. Though he meant it in a sarcastic way.
    The above 'insult' was because I said a cap was a KM kusten art and he 'corrected' me (3 times, I think it was), though in this instance I was correct and he later agreed about the caps origins, with the additional insult mentioned above. Why, who knows, though I assume that he considers himself an expert? A shame, as previously I had considered him a good bloke with a lot of knowledge, but if you present the evidence and still someone says your wrong and they are right, what do you do? He did in fact present a long and blustering post mitigating his mistake and in fact still implied that he knew what he was on about.

    We all make mistakes being involved in this 'hobby' and hopefully we all learn new things on a regular basis.

    Any way, enough rambling diatribe about the joys of forum membership.

    Thanks, Jerry

    PS; just a thought, but I assumed an expert was someone who has expertise in an area of knowledge and they would not be expected to know it all, as that is not possible in regard to anything worthwhile.

    PPS, I never claimed to be or consider myself an expert.
    Last edited by Jerry B; 08-24-2010 at 08:27 AM.

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    A very interesting thread, i must say. I agree with everything you have all said.

    I think the word 'expert' is both very interesting and delicate. I avoid using it. I only use it when a group of people or the community around me at large refer to a person or people as 'expert(s)'. Such as an olympic athlete being referred to as an expert in his category, or a doctor being referred to as an expert in Critical Care, for example.

    Bottom line is, i think that it isn't the best thing to do to call yourself an expert, even if some people call you one. Even if you know your one.
    There just seems to be an air of cockiness to it, i must say. :P

    Regards,
    Finn

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    very good point, I admit that I am here to learn, in no way am I an expert in any subject here, I am a student here,that's all I am.

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    it has been my experience that the people who are called experts by others usually share a couple of things in common.

    a: generally they are in the top 5% of specialists in their field.
    b: they never stop learning and aquiring new knowledge.
    c: they rarely refer to themselves as "experts".
    d: they usually give of their knowledge freely.

    those who profess to be experts are usually very far from any sort of true expertise, and do love to hear themselves talk.



    Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor -Thomas Jefferson

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    Quote by clarksvillestamps View Post
    it has been my experience that the people who are called experts by others usually share a couple of things in common.

    a: generally they are in the top 5% of specialists in their field.
    b: they never stop learning and aquiring new knowledge.
    c: they rarely refer to themselves as "experts".
    d: they usually give of their knowledge freely.

    those who profess to be experts are usually very far from any sort of true expertise, and do love to hear themselves talk.



    Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor -Thomas Jefferson
    well put, hey I live in chattanooga, you must be at fort campbell? I passed through there on my way to Iraq in 91, anyway sorry I hijacked this thread. take care.

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