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Exactly! The technical knowledge you get in school will be obsolete
soon, probably before you get a chance to use it on the job. The "how to
think" knowledge may seem less relevant, but it's applicable to
petroglyphs, help files, and neural implant modules.
But I shouldn't be saying this, because I'm one of those technical types
that plays with computers (in bizarre artificial intelligence languages
like Prolog) after work ...
Office:mike -dot- huber -at- software -dot- rockwell -dot- com
Home:nax -at- execpc -dot- com
>From: Hutchings, Christa [SMTP:cwhutchings -at- HOMEWIRELESS -dot- COM]
>Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 1998 8:57 AM
>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>Subject: Re: Non-technical, Technical Writers
>Candace Bamber wrote:
>> The thing that worries me about our profession isn't the prevalence of
>> the "non-technical" - it's that our education systems are still
>> focusing on knowledge as an end in itself, in a time when
>> knowledge changes all the time. I would like to see a move to using
>> knowledge (information) as a means of teaching the discipline/art
>> of Thought instead.
>Isn't this what a liberal arts degree is supposed to do? In fact, I have
>often told folks that the reason I majored in English was "because it
>taught me how to think." I can pick up a lot of technical know-how on
>the job, but if I didn't know how to think, I wouldn't know what
>questions to ask, or when to ask them!