Dean Kashiwagi is a professor in the Arizona State University’s Del E Web School of Construction. He is a specialist and researcher in “best value procurement” and has conducted over 900 tests totaling $4.6 billion with a 98% success rate.He took his undergraduate degree from University of Hawaii in civil engineering and his Master’s and Ph.D in industrial Engineering at ASU. He served 14 years in the US Air Force and has written over 100 articles and 11 books including his most recent, “How to Know Everything Without Knowing Anything.”Listen to "Dr. Dean Kashiwagi" on Spreaker.
Interviewer: These are some quotes that we got from your students from the website, "Rate my professor." So I'm gonna read this to you really quick, "Dr. Dean Kashiwagi is one of the most inspiring and life-changing professors I've ever had." Here is a second one, "I am learning too much with him. This class is an adventure. From every hour you spend talking about the lessons in class, you'll spend five thinking about and applying those lessons outside of class." And then the last one, one word, "Dominant." So Dr. Dean what in the world are you teaching in your class, that it's getting these types of quotes from your students?
Dr. Dean: Well, we have totally different philosophy. What we propose is that if somebody looks at reality, and lives long enough, and has enough experience, they will begin to realize that it's impossible to make someone understand something when it seems complex to that student. So our whole approach is to simplify, to minimize the need to think, which minimizes stress, and allows people to understand reality in a very simple manner.
Our general rules for the class which, you know, was a bone of contention with a lot of my peers is that when somebody signed up for a class, we wanted to minimize the amount of work they did, and minimize the amount of thinking they had to do. So the rules are very few, they had to come to class, they had to disconnect from their electronics, they would sit there and we as the teachers made it simple, they were to listen and whatever conclusion they came up with was always the right conclusion. And this is based on the logic of what we call, "Information measurement theory," which is the foundation of the best value approach.
Interviewer: If you had to give us like a very quick couple of minutes explanation of what best value procurement is, can you do that for us?
Dr. Dean: We'll make even simpler. We'll talk about a simple, what we call, "Event in reality." An event is something that has initial conditions and has final conditions. And the change over time of the event conditions is governed by natural law. So basically, anybody who's logical will accept what they observe in reality, will look at this and say, "If somebody understands the initial conditions, they will be able to predict the final conditions."
Dr. Dean: And if somebody sits there and says, "Well, what does this mean?" Well, it means, that the final conditions are actually set in the initial conditions, which means, everything that is governed by natural law and there is nothing that is not governed by natural law, is predictable and if predictable, it can happen only one way. And this is supported by the evidence that everything we've ever seen in our lives, or in the history of mankind, has only happened one way. Which means, the final conditions of any event or the feature, is actually set in the past. And if somebody actually understood this they can predict the future, therefore they can see into the future, therefore time loses its value to this type of person.
Interviewer: So, in that model, uncertainty in the world exist where? Not understanding natural laws?
Dr. Dean: Uncertainty or the concept that events or initial conditions can turn out into two sets of final conditions, is inaccurate. That it has never happened, it never will happen. So basically, the confusion or the uncertainty, or the risk is actually causing people's minds who don't understand simple reality. There is no such thing as uncertainty. Uncertainty means that somebody lacks sufficient information to understand initial conditions.
Interviewer: Right, okay.
So, that search for information or lack of information, those are the big hurdles to overcome in your model?
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