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  •  really? (8+ / 0-)

    I'll bet they have some of the thinnest!

    The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

    by Upper West on Tue May 28, 2013 at 10:04:55 AM PDT

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    •  Oh boy, are you ever right. (4+ / 0-)
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      And they're the meanest too.

      "A developed country is not where the poor have cars. It's where the rich use public transportation." - Mayor of Bogota

      by Time Waits for no Woman on Tue May 28, 2013 at 10:18:42 AM PDT

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      •  All I had to do is read (4+ / 0-)

        Phillip Roth's "The Human Stain."

        The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

        by Upper West on Tue May 28, 2013 at 10:43:53 AM PDT

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      •  Henry Kissinger was right (5+ / 0-)
        Academic politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so small
        Well, actually, it's a misattribution, but that subject header should draw some interest.  :-)

        From The Quote Verifier by Ralph Keyes:

        ACADEMIC politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so small" This observation is routinely attributed to former Harvard professor Henry Kissinger. Well before Kissinger got credit for that thought in the mid-1970s, however, Harvard political scientist Richard Neustadt told a reporter, "Academic politics is much more vicious than real politics. We think it's because the stakes are so small." Others believe this quip originated with political scientist Wallace Sayre, Neustadt's onetime colleague at Columbia University. A 1973 book gave as "Sayre's Law," "In any dispute the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the stakes at issue--that is why academic politics are so bitter." Sayre's colleague and coauthor Herbert Kaufman said his usual wording was "The politics of the university are so intense because the stakes are so low." In his 1979 book Peter's People, Laurence Peter wrote, "Competition in academia is so vicious because the stakes are so small." He called this "Peter's Theory of Entrepreneurial Aggressiveness in Higher Education." Variations on that thought have also been attributed to scientist-author C. P. Snow, professor-politician Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and politician Jesse Unruh (among others). According to the onetime editor of Woodrow Wilson's papers, however, long before any of them strode the academic-political scene, Wilson observed often that the intensity of academic squabbles he witnessed while president of Princeton University was a function of the "triviality" of the issues being considered.

        Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. -- K.Marx A.Lincoln

        by N in Seattle on Tue May 28, 2013 at 12:34:11 PM PDT

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    •  I think its ego. (5+ / 0-)
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      Academics are very blunt when we scrutinize one another's work. You have learn very early on not to take it personally and to remain calm and composed when people are tearing your work apart and questioning your skills (to your face in front of a large audience). I've seen people cry because of feedback from peers and mentors. I have to wonder how somebody without very thick skin can rise to the top of any discipline because the scrutiny gets more intense the higher up you go.

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