Logical and Systematic

Hi, everybody out there in the Peanut Gallery! Did you miss me?

Sorry I’ve been away so long, but I had a huge (600+ pages!) project I had to finish by Feb. 28 and barely got it done by March 11. And by “done” I mean the first draft of the “final” document until all the changes come in, supposedly by next Monday. I logged some overtime hours, too.

Well, I have a question from the Peanut Gallery that has been sitting in my Inbox until I
finally came up for air.

Mikhail, past president of an SPE Student Chapter and member of the very first class graduating from the University of Houston with a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering, asks:

“What’s the difference between Logical and Systematic, if any?”

Short Answer:
Logical refers more to the brain and reasoning, and systematic refers more to the process or system ­– a recipe, if you will.

Long Answer:
Logical means deductive, analytical reasoning according to sound and valid principles. In other words, organized thinking.

Example:
It’s logical that there would be less traffic on the way to work and more parking spaces available in the garage, because many people are out of the office on Spring Break with their kids.

Systematic means methodical in procedure or following a set plan, marked by thoroughness and regularity of efforts. In other words, organized doing.

Example:
The company’s Mechanical Integrity Program ensures that each business unit has a systematic way to monitor equipment health and perform preventive maintenance at regular intervals.

You can be systematic without being logical. For example, a person with a compulsive disorder may have a very systematic way to prepare for work each morning, but there is no logic in taking two full hours to wash your hands 27 times, comb your hair 27 times, and check to see if the garage door is closed 27 times. But he does this methodically every single morning.

You can also be logical without being systematic. For example, you can figure out in your head that a certain result needs to happen for the good of all, but you improvise along the way on how to achieve it.

Ah, but when logic comes together with a good system, that is when wonderful things can happen!

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Profound and Logical Quotes of the Day:

“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.”

“The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.”

– Albert Einstein, German physicist, 1879-1955
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