Common sense seems to be pretty uncommon. And one place it seems fatal to look for it is in the groves of academe.
Last night and this morning I took something put together by a person with a ‘good’ academic background and fixed it. Many high-faluting words placed next to each other, in the hope (I suspect) of baffling the common man with all of that.
If I don’t KNOW the relationship that there should be between two objects/people/processes how can I say if it is correctly done or not?
If I don’t KNOW what are the steps in going from A to B, can I say they have been documented correctly?
Yet this is what was done. And I have seen it done over and over, in much the same way. One copying from the other, yet when you get down to it and ask them exactly what are they looking for, they flounder around, unable to answer.
It makes me mad that people sell themselves as an ‘expert’ yet have no working knowledge of the subject. Imagine an engineer planning a bridge, but that engineer has never seen a bridge, never walked / driven over one, never seen how the supports work, never played with a little suspension or two to get the feel. I’d be scared to use that. So should we be scared to use ‘experts’ who have never done the job, and those who have done the job, but never thought out how it is best done.