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Experts Aren't Deities

topperj2 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 11:38 AM
We need a new definition of smart. The old one has been used and abused. Too many of today's so-called smart people really aren't.
DCM in FL Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 12:28 PM
Arley2 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 1:43 PM
And maybe good test taking skills, good recall, but little or no common sense to go with the other skills.

Dr. Williams' example of Newton is to the point. Newton did not do well (to put it mildly) in day to day life and failed at most things he tried.

Let's look at experts. Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was a mathematician and scientist. Newton has to be the greatest and most influential scientist who has ever lived. He laid the foundation for classical mechanics, and his genius transformed our understanding of science, particularly in the areas of physics, mathematics and astronomy. What's not widely known is that Newton spent most of his waking hours on alchemy; his experiments included trying to turn lead into gold. Though he wrote volumes on alchemy, after his death Britain's Royal Society deemed that they were "not fit to be printed."

Lord William Thomson Kelvin (1824-1907)...