Saturday, March 24, 2012

APA Session Rule #3

If you walked in to the session so late that you heard at most half of the paper, you don't get to ask a question (unless no one else has one).

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is there room to add this rule into somewhere? "Authors who choose to read their papers verbatim rather than talk through them will be served cold (but not iced) coffee."

Glaucon said...

My favorite: guy comes in late, asks the first question without being called on, follows up with 3 minute response, then leaves early.

The author of Waverly said...

Once saw someone doze through a good 5 minute section of a paper, addressing how philosopher X's views don't bear on the issue, and then proceed to ask why the author hadn't considered X's views. Wasn't at an APA, though. Does it still count?

Anonymous said...

6:45:

In that case almost everyone will be served cold coffee. Most of us are hopelessly boring and can do no better than to read our papers verbatim like robots.

Anonymous said...

RE 6:45

If a conference has commentators for papers, as the APA does, I tend to read my paper verbatim for the benefit of the commenter.

Christopher Hitchcock said...

My favorite example (not at an APA): a philosopher, who shall remain nameless, rotated between three different talks, coming in and out of each room several times, and then asked a question at each talk, leaving right afterward to go to the next Q&A.

Anonymous said...

CH:

Apparently you witnessed a parapathetic in action.

Anonymous said...

4: 12 FTW

Anonymous said...

for those who missed the reference, 6:45 was referring to an upcoming Experimental philosophy conference, which on the CFP, states

"Both XPhi-friendly and XPhi-critical papers are welcomed, although XPhi-critical authors may be asked to sit at the back of the room. Authors who choose to read their papers verbatim rather than talk through them will be served cold (but not iced) coffee."


ugh. and some wonder why people get annoyed with X-Phi.

Anonymous said...

9.30: yeah, if they're funny or even try to be funny of course we're gonna hate them.

Anonymous said...

It's a good thing I like cold coffee. More than iced or hot, actually. So thank you. Of course I doubt there is enough coffee in the world to help me retain every important bit in my sinuously argued paper, which I wrote a year ago and can no longer remember.