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How To Not Be an Expert

Jen Myers
October 28, 2014
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How To Not Be an Expert

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Jen Myers

October 28, 2014
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  1. how to not
    be an expert

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  2. what is an
    expert

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  6. “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

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  7. how we
    make experts

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  8. otherwise
    known as
    education

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  10. “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

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  11. things I’ve
    learned so far

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  12. un-learning old expectations
    is more difficult and terrifying
    than learning something new

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  13. education is mostly about
    teaching people to get out of
    their own ways

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  14. if you teach someone a
    thing, she’ll know a thing—or
    you can teach her to learn
    and she can know anything

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  15. anti-experts
    out in the
    world

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  17. “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

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  18. my experts are
    questioners and explorers
    and learners and
    beginners and screw-ups
    and risk takers and punks
    and rebels with causes

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  19. jen myers
    @antiheroine
    [email protected]

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