recent conversations provoked a thought
recent conversations provoked a thought in me, that there’s a practitioner’s bias among practitioners, or to use a shorter word, doers prefer doers, and I suppose the same could be said, theorists prefer theorists.. myself being a theorist, in dialogue with both practitioners and theorists, I’ve found that practitioners feel there are many people out there with ideas and do a lot of talk but no action, and that those practitioners have greater respect and value for those who are out there actually doing something.. myself being the theorist, think to myself: where are all those people with good ideas? I sure can’t find them, and I’m out there beating the bushes looking for people with ideas. And my theorist bias is that I want to prod practitioners to think better about what they do, instead of being pragmatic and reductionistic, doing whatever works. This might be akin to the difference in baseball between American League and National League, the former being more pragmatic by having designated hitters to generate more hits & runs, while the latter is the baseball purist – everyone gets to play offense and defense. I’m a National Leaguer. Go Reds!