Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
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What we can and can't do

Today, I saw someone inline skating, and it made me think about what people can and can't do.

I can't inline skate, but I can do some things that others can't.

I also thought about the stock character of the competant man or woman. And, since I like polls, here's a poll.

The first question is based on the list of attributes that "a human being should be able to" do, according to a character in a Heinlein novel; the second question is things I thought up myself.

Poll #1192304 Competent person

I can

change a nappy (diaper)
5(7.6%)
plan an invasion
0(0.0%)
butcher a hog
0(0.0%)
conn a ship
0(0.0%)
design a building
0(0.0%)
write a sonnet
0(0.0%)
balance accounts
0(0.0%)
build a wall
0(0.0%)
set a bone
0(0.0%)
comfort the dying
0(0.0%)
take orders
0(0.0%)
give orders
0(0.0%)
cooperate
1(1.5%)
act alone
0(0.0%)
solve equations
0(0.0%)
analyse a new problem
0(0.0%)
pitch manure
0(0.0%)
program a computer
0(0.0%)
cook a tasty meal
0(0.0%)
fight efficiently
0(0.0%)
die gallantly
0(0.0%)

I can also

read
0(0.0%)
write in longhand
0(0.0%)
write in shorthand
0(0.0%)
cook spaghetti
0(0.0%)
cook a three-course meal
0(0.0%)
balance a checkbook
0(0.0%)
drill a hole
0(0.0%)
shoe a horse
0(0.0%)
mend a flat tyre
0(0.0%)
change the oil in a car engine
0(0.0%)
rollerskate
0(0.0%)
inline skate
0(0.0%)
ice skate
0(0.0%)
water-ski
0(0.0%)
ski
0(0.0%)
snowboard
0(0.0%)
ballroom dance
0(0.0%)
dress myself
0(0.0%)
darn a sock
0(0.0%)
iron a shirt
0(0.0%)
knit
0(0.0%)
do origami
0(0.0%)
make pottery
0(0.0%)
build a house
0(0.0%)
build a snow fort
0(0.0%)
dig a hole as deep as I'm tall
0(0.0%)
bench press my body weight
0(0.0%)
carry a tune
0(0.0%)
play a musical instrument
0(0.0%)
speak more than one language
0(0.0%)
...more than three languages
0(0.0%)
...more than seven languages
0(0.0%)
use a computer (basic keyboard/mouse skills, find your way around your OS of choice)
0(0.0%)
find information on the Internet
0(0.0%)
find information in a library
0(0.0%)
write an essay and cite reliable sources
0(0.0%)
study for an examination
0(0.0%)
learn effectively
0(0.0%)
pass knowledge on to others effectively
0(0.0%)
distinguish the things that cannot be changed from the things that can and should
0(0.0%)
distinguish incompetence from malice
0(0.0%)
disagree with someone's opinions without necessarily disliking the person as a result/respect someone even though you disagree with them
0(0.0%)
remove the beam from my own eye before worrying about the mote in another's
0(0.0%)
take criticism
0(0.0%)
use firearms safely
0(0.0%)
use a bow and arrow
0(0.0%)
ride a bicycle
0(0.0%)
ride a motorcycle
0(0.0%)
drive a car
0(0.0%)
fly an aeroplane
0(0.0%)
sail a boat
0(0.0%)
ride a horse
0(0.0%)
swim
0(0.0%)
budget my money
0(0.0%)
budget my time
0(0.0%)
fulfil my responsibilities in a timely manner, without procrastinating
0(0.0%)
carry responsibility
0(0.0%)
delegate responsibility
0(0.0%)
eat and drink responsibly
0(0.0%)
light a fire without matches or a lighter
0(0.0%)
make my own soap
0(0.0%)
make my own beer
0(0.0%)
grow my own food
0(0.0%)
read an Internet discussion without feeding the trolls
0(0.0%)
tell a story/fairy tale I've made up on the spot
0(0.0%)
tell a story/fairy tale from memory
0(0.0%)
sing children's songs or recite nursery rhymes
0(0.0%)
listen to other people's problems
0(0.0%)
give comfort to others
0(0.0%)
break up a fight
0(0.0%)
file my own tax return
0(0.0%)
understand how the government works
0(0.0%)
estimate the impact of my actions on the environment
0(0.0%)
name at least five points that are missing in this list
0(0.0%)

What are some of the things you'd have added to the list?

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