The OTHER Kevin in San Diego <skiddz "AT" adelphia "DOT" net> wrote:
| >No, common sense doesn't dictate (or teach) that. Experience does.
| >Though if you've got many years of experience, I can see how it might
| >be easy to confuse the two.
| Experience relates to learned skills.. Common sense is innate, or it
... and obviously you've confused the two. How to build things is a
If you take somebody who's never built anything in their life, give
them a kit and instructions, they'll probably try and follow the
instructions, starting at page one and going from there.
Actually looking ahead and trying to verify that the instructions are
actually accurate and that they mean what you think they mean is
something you have to learn to do. They won't know that it's a good
idea to read the entire instruction set first (unless the instructions
tell them to) and they'll probably blindly trust that the instructions
| >The others are correct though -- any time you're assembling something,
| >it's generally a good idea to try and put it together without using
| >the glue or nails or whatever else the first time and see how it fits
| >(or even `if' it fits.) This doesn't just apply to modelling -- it
| >generally applies to any sort of construction or repair. Sure, there
| >are cases where it's not practical or possible, but generally it's a
| >good idea to check that things fit before you commit yourself with
| Sounds exactly like common sense to me...
Perhaps, if you consider common sense to be something that comes with
experience. Somebody who's never built anything will not have the
foresight to check for this sort of thing. Call it common sense, call
it experience ... I don't care what you call it, but somebody who's
never built or repaired anything probably won't have it.
Doug McLaren, firstname.lastname@example.org
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