Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Understanding Education

When a stranger lets me know that he holds a doctoral degree in some subject, even if the subject is weighty and respected, all I should judge by way of this is the likelihood that he is at least half educated.

If when speaking to some man on some point of disagreement, which can be a most friendly and edifying activity, and your interlocutor resorts to credentials, some "educational" achievements, or any external validation of this sort to support his point, you should immediately and quietly disengage from conversation. From this point on you should treat this person as a child, trying to benefit him, but never engaging in debate.

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