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December 12th, 2005
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Learning styles, and the fallibility of grown ups

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Date:December 12th, 2005 12:11 pm (UTC)

I know what you mean about the different approaches - it's true no just in academia but in industry as well. Where I work it's often eat or be eaten (so to speak). Some people tend not to say anything at all whereas a few (and I tend to be one of the few) speak rather loudly with absolute iron clad certainty about everything.

I know I'm predisposed to be like that, but over time I grew to be more sensitive and nice about how I presented things - sadly though that doesn't work in the office environment I've found as there are those out there with big teeth (I'm thinking mainly of managers) and you have to play by their rules or be eaten.

I don't know if it's true in academia as much as in industry (although I suspect so) but people often want to guard their little bit of ground. So if someone is seen as the 'Cisco router guy' or the 'Javascript guy' he will act like he knows everything about that, and if anyone questions that position they will be dealt with rather harshly. For what would that person be if they couldn't claim ownership of that topic?

To be honest I think all of this is like the idyllic situation we would have if we were all anarchists. Everything would be great, we'd need no armies and could live in peace and harmony unless one person ruined it all in which case we'd all have to follow suit. Being nice just doesn't seem to be a stable strategy in most situations.

On the other hand - I know you're brilliantly clever Sally, so you really should be more assertive as I'm sure you're right most of the time ;-)
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