The Limits of Expertise

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A great quotation to ponder this weekend:

Another trait of the expert is his tendency to assume knowledge and authority in fields in which he has no competence. In this particular, educators, lawyers, priests, admirals, doctors, scientists, engineers, accountants, merchants and bankers are all the same–having achieved technical competence or “success” in one field, they come to think this competence a general quality detachable from the field and inherent in themselves. They step without embarrassment into other areas. They do not remember that the robes of authority of one kingdom confer no sovereignty in another; but that there they are merely a masquerade. -Luther Gulick, “Notes on the Theory of Organization” (1937)



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