Being An Expert In One Field Doesn't Make You An Expert In Another Field

Clive Baxter was one of the FBI's foremost lie detector experts. One day he came up with an ingenious idea looking at his philodendron plant growing in a pot against the back wall of his office. He wondered what would happen if he hooked it up to a lie detector and then crush one of it's leaves.

You could imagine his surprise when the lie detector started to pulsate and jump through the roof, especially when he attempted to crush another. It was as if the plant was screaming for him to stop.

With a few more like tests, he concluded the plant was reacting to his thoughts. All he had to do was think about crushing the leaves and the plant went ballistic. He published his results in an article called, "Evidence of a primary perception in plant life." Then later was mentioned in a book called, "The Secret Life of Plants," which no doubt became a international best-seller.

After reading this book, people around the world started playing Beethoven and Chopin within ear shot of their plants and then started talking to them. People claimed that their plants became more healthy and had rapid growth. How could this be explained?

It is unnerving that we treat experts in one area as experts in another field. Remember that commercial on television a few years ago for a certain medicine, "I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV and I recommend... so on and so on." 

Just because someone is acting the part of a doctor does not make him a medical expert. Should he be believed? No!

Using a non-expert as an expert is like calling the authorities fallacious. It attempts to deceive us. What we need to do is find out what makes a person an expert. To be an expert, you must demonstrate that you have the ability and knowledge necessary to interpret data and arrive at conclusions that are justifiable by the evidence involved. 

Other scientists tried to duplicate Baxter's experiments but failed. Apparently his experiments didn't have enough controls in place. What they proved was; just because Baxter was an expert in the use of a lie detector machine doesn't mean he was an expert at plant physiology. 

I've been thinking of mowing the lawn today. I can almost hear the grass blades screaming in fear right now! They must be able to pick-up on my vibes.

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1 comment:

Hells Barr said...

Your right there, ones either an expert in the field or not, sometimes may even appear close but still doesn't make it so.Watched a program on TV last night of an Australian girl that passed while having plastic surgery by a "doctor" of cosmetic surgery, her sister fights on to change the industry in Mexico so non experts can NOT perform such procedures.