An expert is:
- One who has tried, who has practical experience in a field.
- Conversely, one who has been tried has a few wounds to show for it. If you don’t have a glorious failure or two under your belt, you’re probably not ready to be an “expert” for others hoping to avoid the same thing.
- One who has acquired comprehensive knowledge and continues to learn about a field.
- One who has authority as appointed to them by the community for having demonstrated they know their stuff.
- One who experiments – taking the field further. I call them thinkers and tinkerers.
via Conversation Agent.
Some interesting comments:
DJ: I personally don’t love the word expert. After all, experts are usually wrong more then they are right.
Taylor: I typically assume that an expert is not open to embracing ideas which challenge their “expertness”.
Carolyn: A cynic once told me that an expert was someone who knew more and more about less and less until they knew absolutely everything about absolutely nothing!
Gavin: I guess we’re all experts in something!
Well, I can tell you one thing: Believe in proof not experts.