Aside: something that runs through the various obstacles to automation here is about unconscious human expertise:
Mortar has sort of complex physical properties - it’s a non-newtonian fluid, and it’s viscosity increases when it’s moved or shaken. This makes it difficult to apply in a purely mechanical, deterministic way (and also probably makes it difficult for masons to explain what they’re doing - watching them place it you can see lots of complex little motions, and the mortar behaving in sort of strange not-quite-liquid but not-quite-solid ways).
This recalls the Dreyfus model of skill acquisition, where a practitioner gains expertise over a period of years (if not decades) until such decisions become so internalised that they are completed without conscious thought, and can often be difficult to explain. A robot couldn’t do this, but an experienced builder can, intuitively. I learned about this model from Andy Hunt’s Pragmatic Thinking and Learning
ten years ago and it has been surprisingly hardy in my thinking.
The overlaps between expertise and intuition pop up in many places but one of the first areas I think of is food. This may be because I am always thinking about food. Andaaza is an Urdic word that means something like ‘estimation’, and it appears frequently in discussion of a cook’s use of experience and intuition. This piece, Learning to Cook Intuitively
, covers it well, and matches up with some of the recent links we’ve seen about no-recipe recipes.
Amateur–Expert is a continuum that is located close to but not in exactly the same place as Stupid–Intelligent. And in fact the opposite of stupidity may not be intelligence. Why Some Of The Smartest People Can Be So Very Stupid
is a really interesting take on what stupidity is.
Grandiose narcissists are arrogant, dominant and extroverted. They tend to have high self-esteem, be bold and assertive and feel happy and confident about their lives. Vulnerable narcissists, on the other hand, are withdrawn, neurotic and insecure. They tend to have low self-esteem, be hypersensitive and feel anxious and depressed.
However, these two types of narcissists also have something in common. Both are selfish, feel entitled to special treatment and privileges and relate to others in antagonistic ways.
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