On academic dispute

Academics love to dispute. I mean, there is nothing that humans like better than disagreeing with one other, preferably with the goal of justifying violence against one another. But academics take it to another level entirely.

The typical academic dispute looks like this: On the one side you have the quadrists, who vehemently insist that 2+2 = 4. On the other side you have the duodualists, who equally vehemently insist that 4 = 2+2. And the only thing they agree on is that the strange minority, who think they’re both saying the same thing, are clearly dangerous skeptics, cynics, eclectics, agnostics, irrationalists, relativists.

It is to sigh.

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