Sunday, 25 January 2009

The Decline and Fall of the Human Intellect – A memo to the last survivors

The Law: The art of avoiding justice by quoting precedent.
Academic career: Begging.
Undergraduate research:  An attitude survey of fellow students added to paragraphs culled from the first page of a Google search.
Literature review:  A form of purgatory to expunge original thought.
Learned paper:  Something written to avoid original thought by citing references.
Conclusion:  More research (and funding) is needed.
Peer review: Disparagement for clarity and praise for obscurity.