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Topic: Student of Everything.....Master of Nothing.....
Posted by: Mark MacLean
Date/Time: 21/05/2003 20:34:16

Hi John,

Could you say more about the "trap of being a dilettante", and "avoiding dilettantism".

In my experience...(and perhaps I'm just missing the personal reference experience otherwise)...I have a strong competencies in a number of professional contexts, and I learn with great interest about many other areas, and contexts.

As an example, were some professional discussing with me the process of hydro electrics, I would listen with interest, and ask questions, with the intention to build a very basic and rudimentary understanding of the system. This provides me with a reference as to how this system may relate to others, however I might not commit to fully discovering with great detail all of the complexities of a hydro electric power  station. Collecting these types of basic understanding provides me an excellent set of reference works which I can dip into when in social settings, as well as creating connections from many different fields. (from cars to computers to Castenada)

In my own experience, I certainly see the value of a high level of competency professionally, as it relates an exchange of goods and/or services. As well, I think it has relevance in the area of epistemology, the more you know about a certain set of experiences, the more references points and ways of knowing about that area become available. (e.g. I know I am a better farmer, because I have more ways of knowing what a good farmer is/would be, (by way of animal health, crop yields, etc.))

But, in addition to promoting these high level of competencies, are you also against a general understanding of many fields?



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TopicDate PostedPosted By
Mission, Purpose etc18/05/2003 13:09:50Jane
     Re:Mission, Purpose etc20/05/2003 18:22:31John Grinder
          Re:Re:Mission, Purpose etc21/05/2003 17:07:24Jane
               Re:Re:Re:Mission, Purpose etc21/05/2003 19:09:06John Grinder
                    Student of Everything.....Master of Nothing.....21/05/2003 20:34:16Mark MacLean
                         Re:Student of Everything.....Master of Nothing.....27/05/2003 20:06:32John Grinder
                              Postmodernism28/05/2003 17:10:15Golf Swing Modeler
                                   Re:Postmodernism28/05/2003 18:30:14John Grinder
                                        Re:Re:Postmodernism28/05/2003 22:11:47Golf Swing Modeler
                                             Re:Re:Re:Postmodernism29/05/2003 12:06:32Michael Carroll
                                                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Postmodernism29/05/2003 12:21:58Golf Swing Modeler
                                                       Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Postmodernism29/05/2003 16:49:40John Schertzer
                                                            Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Postmodernism29/05/2003 16:52:42Golf Swing Modeler
                                                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Postmodernism29/05/2003 17:20:34John Schertzer
                                                                      Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Postmodernism29/05/2003 18:15:10Golf Swing Modeler
                                                                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Postmodernism29/05/2003 19:13:29John Schertzer
                              Re:Re:Student of Everything.....Master of Nothing.....05/06/2003 23:52:47Mark MacLean
                                   Re:Re:Re:Student of Everything.....Master of Nothing.....06/06/2003 03:08:51John Grinder
                                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Student of Everything.....Master of Nothing.....06/06/2003 14:16:13John Schertzer
                                             Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Student of Everything.....Master of Nothing.....06/06/2003 19:50:17Mark MacLean
                                                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Student of Everything.....Master of Nothing.....06/06/2003 20:06:10John Schertzer
                    Mission, Purpose etc22/05/2003 03:40:10thepropagandist
                         Re:Mission, Purpose etc27/05/2003 21:01:46John Schertzer
                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Mission, Purpose etc09/06/2003 03:49:35Spike
                         Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Mission, Purpose etc09/06/2003 16:42:12Johnn Grinder
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Mission, Purpose etc13/06/2003 03:08:17Spike

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