Monday, January 2, 2012

Old Man v. Dopey Boys

Early on the first day of the APA, I was in an elevator in the conference hotel that was headed down to the lobby. As the elevator came to a stop, an older man addressed two young guys in sport-coats; he gestured towards the right and asked "Is the philosophy conference that way?" It was clear the the man was asking whether the registration for the APA was off in the rightward direction. But here are the replies he got:

Guy in sport-coat #1: "Sounds like a category mistake."
Guy in sport-coat #2: "Uh... Philosophy is everywhere."

Old man in reply: "Good luck with the interviews, boys. You'll need it."


Old Man, 1; Dopey Boys, 0

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

On the one hand, I loathe the combination of cluelessness and arrogance that seems to characterize many of the folk in our profession, particularly the young. On the other hand, I rejoice in thinking that these people will typically come across as bother clueless and arrogant in their interviews, and - one hopes - fail to flourish.

Anonymous said...

*both

not "bother"

Though that might have been a revealing slip.

Anonymous said...

Oh man.

This, more than anything else, describes everything that's terrible about the Eastern APA.

(Charitable reading: the second guy may have meant, "APA events are everywhere in this building, so I'm not sure where to point you." That's a bit of a stretch, though.)

Michelle Gordon said...
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Michelle Gordon said...

Good one? sounds like that guy needs to get more sleep on a comfy latex mattress

Anonymous said...

Why did you mention sport coats three times?

CTS said...

It doesn't even make sense: he asked for the location/direction of the conference, not of 'philosophy.'

Anyhow, the older gentleman served them well.

Anonymous said...

I hate stupid philosophy jokes, which is very nearly a pleonastic.

I hope they have to do their interviews on comfy latex matresses.

Anonymous said...

Spiros--I'm shocked that you didn't pull up your special X-shades and use your Cyclops beam to vaporize these PHI-mutants.

wv: sumaroos: math-saavy Aussie party animals

Anonymous said...

@ 1:20 -

'One hopes' indeed, but in 30 min at the APA who knows?

With respect to #1, the conference clearly has a location so category mistake is out.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1.20 pm: I'm "Guy in sport-coat 1'. The exchange Spiros is reporting on is entirely fictional. Just didn't happen.

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Anyone else hear the guy in the Men's Room stall uncontrollably bawling a few hours before the second smoker?

Anonymous said...

I love philosophy, but I fucking HATE philosophers. There, I said it. God, do I ever hate you fuckers.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 6:40 am's comment is amazing: "The person described only by the one sentence he uttered is me; however, I did not utter that sentence."

Anonymous said...

@9:54 -

Take that, Frege! BAM! POW!

Anonymous said...

9:54, you have neglected one obvious alternative: that 6:40 is fictional!

Anonymous said...

@9:54, 11:05

Another neglected alternative: that 'Guy in sport-coat #1' is 6:40's actual name.

Anonymous said...

I think 1:49 just won philosophy. It's everywhere, donchaknow.

Anonymous said...

9:35:

I love philosophers. I hate philosophy graduate students and professors. Only very few of the latter actually belong to the category of the former.

Anonymous said...

4:11,
Indeed, one does not come across a philosophy professor who is also a graduate student all that often.

David W... said...

What is a 'Sports Coat'?

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