RE: craft vs. science

Subject: RE: craft vs. science
From: "Dick Margulis " <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2002 15:38:52 -0400

Phil Levy <PLevy -at- epion -dot- com> says:

>And furthermore, a craft is something a person does alone, implying that
>there is no quality control.

I reject both the premise and the conclusion. People engage in craft in groups of varying sizes all the time. (I toured a basket factory in Ohio that employs, IIRC, about 8,000 craftspeople.) And to the extent that a craftsperson takes pride in the work he or she produces, I submit the quality control exceeds that found in non-craft production (where a system is substituted for a conscience and people are thought of as fungible resources).

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