How to Not Be an Expert

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October 30, 2013

How to Not Be an Expert

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Jen Myers

October 30, 2013
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  1. how to not be an expert

  2. @antiheroine

  3. what is an expert?

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  7. “Authority is supposedly grounded in wisdom, but I could see

    from a very early age that authority was only a system of control and it didn't have any inherent wisdom. I quickly realised that you either became a power or you were crushed.” JOE STRUMMER
  8. how we make experts

  9. otherwise known as education

  10. None
  11. “You don't necessarily have to have talent, you can just

    get up and do something and see where it takes you. I always tell girls who say they want to start a band but don't have any talent, well, neither do I. I mean, I can carry a tune, but anyone who picks up a bass can figure it out. You don't have to have magic unicorn powers.” KATHLEEN HANNA
  12. things I’ve learned so far

  13. if you teach someone a thing, she’ll know a thing;

    or, you can teach her how to learn things and she can learn lots of things herself.
  14. education is primarily about teaching people to get out of

    their own ways.
  15. unlearning old expectations is more difficult and more terrifying than

    learning new information.
  16. anti-experts out in the world

  17. None
  18. “Like most of the others, I was a seeker, a

    mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser. I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that my instincts were right. I shared a vagrant optimism that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these two poles — a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other — that kept me going.” HUNTER S. THOMPSON
  19. my experts are questioners and searchers and explorers and learners

    and beginners and fuck-ups and risk-takers and punks and freedom fighters and rebels with causes.
  20. @antiheroine