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Diary of an artist, Saturday, August 17, 2019
Woke up 4:30 am
I want to write something about not believing what other people say. Not taking what they say for granted. Even (or especially) if they call themselves specialists, experts, have diplomas, certifications, etc. I wrote ‘especially’, because that’s where the hack lies. When a random person tells you something (someone who is not a specialist, expert, who doesn’t have a diploma, certification, etc.) you are much more likely to question the theories or opinions of that person. It’s when the expert aired his or her opinion that you are very likely to take it for granted, in other words trust that what that person said is the truth. Believe his or her words.
Yesterday I wrote about my successful iPhone 5S repair. You see, the thing is prior to my DIY attempt that phone was in a place which is called iClinic and which specialises in repairing Apple products. My wife took that phone to this clinic so that they could look at it and say what is the matter. As I said in my yesterday’s post the thing would turn off, then turn on by itself and also, which I forgot to mention yesterday, receiving phone calls was sometimes impossible even if the thing was turned on (the caller would immediately reach the voicemail). And some time after that the blue screen problem started to occur.
They checked the thing and said that the motherboard is OK, and suggested the exchange of battery. We agreed to have the battery exchanged by them (this wasn’t very expensive yet) and the phone worked OK for a couple of hours maybe. After that all the symptoms returned, plus the blue screen problem started, “the blue screen of death” as some would call it, and we gave up on that thing.
I even decided to sell that phone online as a damaged item and probably a hopeless case. I already watched every video on YouTube about such problems in iPhones (some of them clearly clickbaits) and if there was a solution I would try it, but nothing worked. And I didn’t find any articles or comments which would help me solve the problem. But then I thought What if I tried to replace the motherboard after all? And I did. I did a DIY motherboard replacement in iPhone 5S. And it solved the problem. And the thing works OK.
Which means that A/ the expert in the clinic didn’t know what he was doing when he was checking the motherboard (was incompetent despite having the aura of rightness, as many experts in this world), or B/ the expert in the clinic made a mistake (believe it or not, experts make mistakes too), or C/ the expert in the clinic only said he checked the motherboard but didn’t (lied), or D/ the person in the clinic was a trainee or something (had no or not enough experience — wasn’t even an expert, but pretended that he was one), or E/ the motherboard was indeed OK (wasn’t damaged and behaved normally while being checked), but some other problem which was linked to the motherboard was causing the symptoms (and the procedure which they used to check if a motherboard isn’t damaged, if it works properly, couldn’t diagnose such other problem — which would mean that it is a poor procedure); I wrote that the problem which was causing the symptoms must have been in some way linked to the motherboard because in the end the DIY motherboard replacement which I did solved it.
I guess it makes for a pretty convincing case / argument against trusting experts (always believing what they say, taking it for granted because of the assumed greater than your own competence).
Audiobooks (since my last diary entry):
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell (20 min., on YouTube)
YouTube videos and movies (since my last diary entry):
Mindhunter Episode #2.1 (on Netflix) Finished it.
Music for this writing session: Frédéric Chopin (on spotify)