When a person is selling a product or an idea, it is natural to present a positive bias that reflects well on their perspective. While the best scientists, teachers, and judges may epitomize some of the exceptions to this statement, there are still enough counter-examples that we must be wary of the natural bias of our human nature. We all need to remember that rose-colored glasses are built into human reasoning and communications.
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As I started working as a systems and software engineer, I realized that building software was much more about communications than it was about engineering. Good writing and good speaking were clear differentiators in my superiors and the engineers who were the most valuable to our organization. They could sell an idea; they could convince and influence others; and they could build teams. Most of all, they could save time and money by avoiding scrap and rework caused by miscommunications. I developed a passion for the English language, including the power inherent in its effective usage and the humor associated with both its intentional and its unintentional misuse.
Whenever you listen to a presenter or a commentator, or read a nonfiction work, it is extremely important to understand the author’s perspective and background in order to understand the author’s biases and to qualify or interpret the information for your use.