Re: Re: Re: Competent software users
do, usually also know that they do, in fact, not know it all at all.
My wisdom is rather that the more you learn about a subject,
the more you know how little you actually know about it.
I started a new thread in the Digital forum for the digital
discussion, since Kuei didn't do as you ordered :)
Re: Re: Re: Re: Competent software users
I suspect if we took a Terminator 2000 and send it back in time to terminate the person who felt the need to bring this old chestnut up again and to again present extensively this persons wrong argumentation and continue this argumentation in the light of much posted evidence then all of this would have never happened.... Or perhaps if that person had a little more of the least common of all senses....
My initial impressions
"My wisdom is rather that the more you learn about a subject,
the more you know how little you actually know about it."
Yes, and when you actually learn SomEthing from a reputable SourcE you SEe how little "Some Experts" know about it.
Unfortunately Some Experts SEem to think it their task to "teach" othErS things they don't undErStand themSElves. I don't SEe much of this as a quEStion of credibility as much as recognizing the SElf-dEdeluSional. No one will Ever Straighten him out, but keeping othErS from being confuSEd by him SEems to require an large amount of effort better devoted to actually disscussing uSEful imformation. Of courSE I won't mention any namES.
Re: My initial impressions
Order in the court....
Re: My initial impressions
the people you are aiming at, not entirely unfair from your point
of view, I admit.
However, you do miss an important point. This
is not a forum where a number of experts have signed up to
answer questions from other people. It would be wondeful to
have such a forum, but I suspect these experts would expect
some kind of favour in return, like money. Rather, this is a
forum where the majority of members neither are nor are
expected to be professionel EEs or professionally involved in
audio. If you are an EE and work professionaly with audio, like
Jonathan Carr for instance, you are, by definition, not a DIYer.
However, since most of us value the input of such people they are more than welcome as members anyway.
OK, so let's
assume we agree that only those who really really know what
they are talking about are allowed to answer questions. What
do you think would happen? Of course, there would be a number
of people who answer without really knowing, either because
they honestly but falsely believe to know, or because they
want to fool themselves or others that they do know. How do we
tell these people apart from those who do know? Sometimes
nobody really knows, which is why there is still science going
on in a number of universities, research labs and peoples homes.
For simplicity, count out those who answer without knowing.
Then I think it is a safe bet that a very small percentage of
questions would be answered. Even if there were people who
could answer all of them, why would they spend so much time
and effort on this task? So we are left with what we have in so
many other cases, for instance the usual situation at most
peoples work, namely an interactive community of people on
different, and often not comparable, levels where most people
honestly want to give something back in return for all the
answers they get to their own questions. People try to help
to the best of their knowledge, which sometimes go wrong.
However, one benefit of this is that instead of leaving the
job of answering questions to a few select members (who are
to select them?) the job is shared by everybody and
the "experts" can save time by answering only those questions they find interesting and otherwise just skim through other peoples answers to the "trivial" questions and jump in and
say "STOP" when the answer is wrong. Furthermore, trying
to explain something to somebody else is often a very good
way to clear your own thoughts. When trying to explain, you
have to think a bit deeper than you have maybe done before,
and if your explanation is wrong, because you had misunderstood
the concept, there is a good chance somebody will tell you you
were wrong, in which case you have learnt something yourself.
(I do, however, myself admit to having tried to answer questions
prematurely, without the proper dose of contemplation before,
Further, you talk about credibility. Well, the problem is that the
people you consider credible may not fully coincide with those
I consider credible, so we really have no common set of credible
persons on the forum, I am afraid.
Oh no, this seems to be turning into another "novel" of mine,
so I'd better stop here, but as they say "a picture says more
than a thousand words", so I guess this is still shorter than
most of your posts Fred. :)
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Now if I constantly criticise other people views (in fact, if I seem to have to have nothing better do than that and if I on the slightest drop of the hat pull the most ancient, moldy and several time covered all over chestnuts out, simply because I figure I'll "score" a quick "win"), then I cannot POSSIBLY complain if people expect me to have my fact absolutely right and to be able to provide proof.
And it is that what is the point here.
You can only have a discussion if you actually exchange views. If platitudes, tautologies, trueisms or worse complete chemically pure horse excrement are being presented as fact and explanation and no matter WHAT kind of actual research, experimentation etc. is being presented, the same old guff is being spouted continously, then you do not have a discussion, you do not have even an argument, you have contradicton on the level of:
TF: I am right. Argument #536
LZX: No, you are not right and here is why.
TF: I am right. Argument #563
LZX: No, you are still not right and here is why.
TF: I am right. Argument #548
LZX: No, you have not grasped the essence and here is why.
TF: I am right. Argument #536
And so on.
It reminds me very much of the Monty Python Argument Skit, but my quota of Monty Python Skit Scrip postings per thread (2) is full....
I mean apart from scizophrenic.....
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unanswered, and those would be the questions from people
who are not and do not pretend to be experts but who want
to learn more or just get some help to build an amplifier or
whatever. The only discussions would be those that the
group of "experts" find interesting and it would all turn into
an exclusive discussion club for these "experts".
BTW, it is interesting to see that the previously so "vivid"
discussion on back-to-back caps has almost come to a standstill
after somebody, in this case yours truly, happend to sit down
and actually read one of the papers we were supposed to
already have read, and then tried to use a number of facts
from this, supposedly credible publication, in to steer up the
discussion. Or maybe it is just a coincidence?
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No, of course not. But instead of getting no answer at all in 99%
of the cases, people now try to answer, critisize each others
answers and discuss the matter, often coming to, if not a clear
answer, at least a better understanding of the problem. Further,
if a question gets the wrong answer and the above process does
not happen, then in most cases somebody who does know the
answer but didn't want to/were to lazy to/were to busy to/...
answer it in the first place will usually jump in and point out
that the answer is wrong. Most of them do it politely and also
provide the correct answer, others prefer to tell how incompetent
these other people are without even trying to demonstrate
whether they actually know the answer themselves.
Furthermore, how do you know if you get the right answer?
If you get no answer at all, you are safe, since you have with
100% certainty not got the wrong answer. If you get an answer,
you can never be 100% sure it is correct, and very often there
isn't even one single correct answer, but several equally correct
answers, perhaps neither of which tell the whole truth by
themselves. Myself, I prefer to get many answers, or rather,
answers from many people. Then I can try to analyze what they
say and how they motivate their answers etc. and then try
to form my own opinion on which, if any, of these people to
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