Sunday, May 17, 2015

Don't judge a book by its smell.

"Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple things in a simple way." Marcel Proust  

There might be a reason why academics are considered a little odd.  A reason besides shuttling neurotransmitter activity to complex equations instead of coordinating apparel. 

"No, I don't understand my husband's Theory of Relativity, but I know my husband and I know he can be trusted." Elsa Einstein 

You know how an old library smells? It turns out that in addition to giving off the aroma of decomposing scholarship, there is a hallucinogenic mold that that grows on old books.  Granted it would take quite a bit of sniffing to feel a slight effect but it might be contributing factor.  

"Education has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading." G. M. Trevelyan 

Since digital information doesn't deteriorate into a hallucinogenic compound, I guess we will see if eccentricities decline. 

(From my nephew, Sawyer)  
"Well, another day has passed and I haven't used algebra once." Sawyer's Dad
"X = days passed without using algebra. 
X = 0" Sawyer 

Prof Sydney Engelberg at Jerusalem's Hebrew University 

During one lecture, a mom had to bring her toddler and he started to cry. (Having been a mom of young kids while attending college, I have quite a bit of sympathy.) Before the mom could pack up, the Prof picked up the kid, stopped him crying and continued his lecture. 

That is an academic who needs both a raise and access to as many books as he wants.

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