[Crm-sig] Issue 429 Homework 'has aptitude in'

George Bruseker george.bruseker at gmail.com
Thu Jan 27 22:14:25 EET 2022

Hi Matthew,

There is a long trail on this discussion nwhere there is quite some
disagreement whether we can assert knowledge or skill regarding someone so
I was going for some phrasing that was as light as possible and hence
landed on aptitude. I would be happy with has knowledge of or has skill in
or has know how of, but aptitude was an effort to be in line with epistemic
conservatives. Happy to strengthen it if everyone else would want.

Welcome back!



On Thu, Jan 27, 2022 at 9:31 PM Matthew Stiff <matthew at matthewstiff.com>

> Apologies - I've been hybernating for a long time so have come in on this
> issue without prior knowledge but one-time CRM editing experience (so "hi"
> to old friends).
> I think there is ambiguity in the names and scope notes here when it comes
> to aptitude and ability. Aptitude suggests the ability to acquire
> particular knowledge or skills (ability to have an ability). It doesn't
> mean that the individual actually has them. For example, I have the
> aptitude to read tomorrow's Guardian but I haven't done so yet (we could
> argue that I also have the ability, but until I see the words....😁).
> I can see how ability can be measured but not aptitude, other than by
> evidence of ability in something similar (e.g. Aptitude for learning
> Portuguese through current ability in Spanish).
> I think these properties are describing skills or abilities that have
> already been acquired. They make sense if the word "aptitude" is replaced
> with "ability".
> Hope this is helpful. Please ignore if not.
> Best wishes,
> Matthew
> Dr Matthew Stiff MSc DPhil DPsych CPsychol
> Counselling Psychologist
> Matthew Stiff Counselling Psychology
> (m) 07939 151510
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> *Subject:* [Crm-sig] Issue 429 Homework 'has aptitude in'
> Hi all,
> Following up on this issue, I have had a hack at proposing a property name
> and scope for a general skills type property. Here it is:
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kge1gqohcr4NQK89kxbhiLfGuqgzassJpWze81GgmBc/edit?usp=sharing
> Best,
> George
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