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Gotta respect the cigarette and the horn-rims. Presentation is everything.

(Hat tip to E Hayot at Printculture.)

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It’s somewhat anemic but there it is.

And as, I suppose, an “elite academic” I can’t help but point out a confusion contained early on in the entry between the way academics might view each other and the way academics view non-academics.

I’m starting this blog as a space to work through some of my ideas about what an academic actually does and the difficulties of trying to make one’s way in academia. So there.

Interestingly, perhaps, I wondered for a while what would be an appropriate name for the blog and project, and “Almost Academic” seemed to fit as neatly as any. In looking to launch the blog, I first went to Blogger (primarily because of familiarity, I suppose), and found the domain name for almost academic already taken. Turns out that an overworked academic already homesteaded there, though she’s only managed to put up two posts in something like three years. Teaching nine classes plus finishing a dissertation might explain the sparse archives.

The fact that that blog exists—and is in the shape it’s in—speaks to what I’m going to be talking about here. Is what I’m saying.

And WordPress isn’t that bad: look at them with a theme that includes Very Old Books.

You said it:

"That the data from controlled experimentation should be accepted in preference to subjective reports can hardly be questioned."


—Norman R. F. Maier, "Reasoning in Humans: II. The Solution of a Problem and Its Appearance in Consciousness,"Journal of Comparative Psychology, 1931, 12, 181-194.

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