Questioning the Expert

I try to not be the type of geek that looks down on non-techie people. I try very hard. However, sometimes when I’m asked for my input (ie. “How do we do X?”) and I give an answer I’m constantly questioned about the validity of my answer. Read on for more …

In the end I’m forced to spend time either a.) explaining the answer in detail or b.) forwarding all of the research that I did earlier to find the answer on to the individual so they too can find the answer (which kindof invalidates having me in the first place).

My question is why people do that. Why do people question people they recognize to be experts? Human nature? Curiosity? Who knows.

What I do know is that I don’t question my dad’s authority when it comes to building houses, afterall he has 30 years of experience in that field. I also don’t question my mother who cuts my hair, again she has 30 years of experience in the field. But, I admit, I do sometimes question their actions in their fields of expertise. So I guess I’m not better than the non-techies at times …

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