Friday, June 28, 2019

Academic Courtesy?

Exchange of Views Typical of Ms. Professor Fringemon:

Attendee to Lecture asks: "Does Gnosticism have any relation to ancient astrology?"

Ms. Professor Fringemon: "Not that I know of."

I say: "I can answer this question. Astrology is pervasive in Gnosticism."

Ms. Professor Fringemon later informs me: "Academic courtesy requires that one remain silent the first time one is invited to attend a research presentation."



At 6:30 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

You're perfectly free to remain silent. The choice is completely yours.

At 7:58 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

And perfectly free to talk.

Ms. Prof. Fringemon never realized that I had been in the academic world longer than she had and that I knew there was no such rule. But she knew how to play the bureaucracy in her favor on other issues.

Jeffery Hodges

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