Information Asymmetry

Organisations pushing the barrows of the occupational elite, tend to push the idea of information asymmetry to get legislation created to grab work not protect the public welfare.

Just because you do not possess the same knowledge as your medical doctor, does not mean there is a situation of information asymmetry. We all potentially have the intellectual capacity to understand and acquire more human knowledge. The reason we do not possess certain knowledge is due to interests, personal relevance,  priorities and importance, and availability of time and resources. The educated elite have a responsibility as scholars to go forth and share knowledge.  This does not mean that they give the knowledge away for zero fee, they do have to eat after all. However, they should take the time to answer clients questions and assist with developing the understanding the client seeks.

It is arrogant and disrespectful to answer a question with: “If you want to know that, then go study for 4 years”. For the vast majority of occupational degrees the duration does not lead to depth of knowledge, it leads to breadth of knowledge. Any thread of knowledge which stretches for 4 years, will likely, be found, to be capable of being programmed, in significantly less time, by removing the irrelevant breadth of knowledge from the study schedule. Learning is also more dependent on individual effort and attitude than on teachers, so if as an individual you do not put any effort into understanding, then you won’t learn anything. Thus learning at school and university has very little to do with the capability of the teachers. {The presence of teachers in learning institutions is mainly a consequence of history: where books were hand written. One person can read one book to many, whilst a single book can only be read by many people one at a time. The practical printing press was introduced by Gutenberg around 1440. In many situations so called teachers are little more than overseers ensuring that work is done, and can be little more than overseers, as there is little assistance they can provide to learning. So if having difficulty with learning should first look at yourself before looking for deficiencies in teachers. To further clarify, a good teacher doesn’t need to know anything about a subject to assist someone to learn that subject.}

It has been said that:

Two thirds of the answer lies in putting the question clearly.

Therefore learning can be considered as being dependent on the ability to formulate appropriate questions and seek suitable answers. The suitability of the answer being determined by asking further questions of the answer. When you as an individual have no more questions to be answered, then you have understood a topic to the extent you desire: other people may have many more questions and seek greater clarification.

Part of the aim of this website is to break down barriers, and share knowledge. Here, engineering is considered to take place only at the frontiers of science and technology. If not at a frontier then we are concerned with an established body of knowledge which can be subdivided into:

  1. Technical Mathematics
  2. Technical Science
  3. Technical Computing
  4. Technical Planning
  5. Technical Management
  6. Technical Design

Technical because it is concerned with the tools and techniques which make up the established technologies. Established technologies are typically covered by an extensive body of literature, and solutions can therefore be found by reading and applying knowledge, rather than by building prototypes and experimenting with the unknown.