The Second Eclectic

Technology changes how we relate to God and each other

The Alternative to Knowing Everything

The impression you get from writers is that they live this life of constant conversations with people whom they agree and disagree with. They portray their everyday conversations as chock full of deep, patient arguments where they seek to grasp the opposing argument, it's logic, and the person behind the argument.

They perpetuate this stereotype by starting sentences with, "The economists that I know," or "The ochestral cellists I've talked with," as though they have a wealth of friends who are financial gurus representative of all economists, or that they have lunches with cellists all the time (2/4, 4/4, 7/8, you pick). The fact is they these well-informed writers writing about whatever subject they've chosen know one guy who played cello in junior high and otherwise get their information on their topic by reading magazines written by other writers who are generalizing about economists based on the one discussion they had with the economics professor in his office their sophomore year at the University of Dubuque.

So, in essence, these writers are plying their opinions based on the information of other writers who know just as a little about less, or worse. It becomes one big cycle of who knows what about what and whom, and mostly it's a bunch of guys stereotyping and depending on others stereotypes.

But, let me tell you, the writers I know do just that. And I know a lot of them. Me, for one. That's a good start. I know he's reliable.

The fact of the matter is the whole world is a lot less clear-cut and factually-based than we'd like to believe. People pretend to be well-informed by reading others who are pretending too. Even research is a matter of opinion to some degree. When you're reading the results of research it's influenced, intentionally or not, by the researcher's thinking. Even if they are just drawing conclusions. Science is less scientific and double-blind than anyone will admit. Seriously, I've done the research.

So let me just draw one conclusion: Pretending to know something can be fun.