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At a time when the world is experiencing great social and political changes, I take pen in hand to consider the role of the ergonomist in a world beset by problems that transcend simple national and cultural boundaries. In doing so, I should acknowledge the origins of this thought.
Like many others in human factors and ergonomics, I received an interdisciplinary training in areas such as human biology and experimental psychology, which allowed a degree of access to the diverse concerns of ergonomics. Academic training fostered a strong empirical and “scientific” evaluative approach to the solution of problems, together with a heightened respect for the role of theory in the generalization of such solutions.
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