There are native English speakers, native French speakers, German, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, you name it.
And then there are native bullshit speakers. The moment they open their mouth… across all language barriers.
It feel so good to have found a word for these guys: RIP Kiss principle!
It really makes me angry: Another debate, another remark à la “I have X years of experience in this”; or “I have studied this”; or my personal favourite “I have done an internship on this”.
What is the point you are trying to make? That you and your advice can be trusted because of some random experience heaven knows how many years ago? I’m sorry, but a master and even a PhD in something does not equal knowledge or genuine experience. You might have a degree but that does not tell me how much effort you really put into it. How much of it you remember today. How valid your experiments were, how significant your data.
There are way too many self-proclaimed experts. Claiming authority by seniority doesn’t work for me. Convince me with arguments, with sharing knowledge, with showing me why you would be right. But please don’t come with this “you can trust me on that one because I know…”
Tunesia: The upheavel threatens the economic stability.*
Libya: The revolution increases the oil price.*
Japan: The earthquake and its consequences are a threat to the global economic growth.*
When exactly did the economy become more important than freedom, than democracy, than life?
* Read in regular online news.