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What make a person an expert?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Seeker of White Light, May 18, 2022.

  1. Seeker of White Light

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    What is the criteria for being able to call one self an expert on a subject?

    Example: just because I work as an Artist does not make me an expert on painting or even the tools i use.
    Still learning something new every day:)

    So what is an expert?
     
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  2. Left Coast

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    There's no dogmatic rule set in stone. But in general I would think it would involve some combination of:

    - extensive education in the relevant field (graduate degree or higher)
    - Published peer-reviewed research on the topic
    - many years of successful professional work in the subject area
    - Awards, professional accolades, etc. from peers in the field for one's work in the subject area.
     
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  3. Secret Chief

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    Someone with expertise. :)
     
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  4. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue Twilight, not bright nor dark, good nor bad.

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    I suppose it's dependent on overall recognition, and not independently self proclaimed.

    Still, even experts have their faults. There are some pretty stupid experts and some bright laymen out there.
     
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  5. Wildswanderer

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    A lot of experience I suppose. I think doing something for your living for 10 years would make you an expert at that thing, generally, but it's kinda arbitrary.
     
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    It is really a man-made term, to identify someone as knowledgeable about a subject.
    It means, when a person is educated in a field, and have worked practically in a field for many years, has acquired detail knowledge about the subject. By no means It means he|she knows everything about it. But knows the subject well, so you can rely on his expertise.
     
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    Yes, in some fields 10 years is good enough. But for example in Engineering, often it takes 20 years. Well, depends on the person, and how much he was exposed to different details about his profession.
     
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    I suppose it would depend on the field one might be an expert in. I guess an expert on art might have some sort of degree and be well-versed on the artistic movements and the famous painters throughout history. They might be art critics or art appraisers, but not necessarily artists themselves (although they could be).

    It might be similar with experts on music. I suppose there might be a distinction an expert on music as opposed to an expert musician.
     
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