November 4th 2011, 12:36
We live in an age of complexity. We switch on the lights in our home, but don't really understand how the electricity works. We turn on the taps in our bathroom, without completely grasping how water can run through the pipes. We're probably vague about how television images are transmitted to our screens. Or even how our car works.
This age of complexity has brought forth a new breed: the expert. The expert makes the complex work, even if he doesn't make it understandable. He fixes the TV, the electrical and water systems in the home to make them function safely, and our car to run. He stands at the gates to the complex, acting as our intermediary to the unfathomable.