Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Case study

As the revised definition mentioned before, rational knowledge is about information and experience, we should be able to prove that this is true.

The Apprentice was a TV program in 2003 defined as a sixteen-week job interview, where eighteen people competed in a series of rigorous business tasks, many of which include well known companies and require information and experience to conquer, in order to show Donald Trump (the host/boss), that they are the best candidate for his company. In each episode, the losing team was sent to the boardroom, where Trump and his associates, judge the job applicants on their performance in the task. One person was fired and sent home each week.

If you missed it, was a very compelling program and very entertaining. I believe you can get a DVD with some additional footage. It is this very theory being put into practice.

When they decided (lucky for us) to build two groups with the condition to have "Book smarts"(Those with Information) Vs Street smarts (Those with Experience) I bet they did not know they would help us a lot!. It gave us a “Case study" to observe in real life how the two are related in normal people that were not acting up. Clearly people with more experience survived longer, but at the same time showed how women and their intuition steam rolled men at the beginning.

Two people lasted until the end, Bill and Kwame. Of the two,-- clearly-- Bill was selected because he had a more balanced background (Education + Experience) against Kwame, and the results showed. Bill had the book smarts (Information) and the street smarts (Experience) that made him the final winner.


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