Monkey (Wo)Man

    There is an amusing anecdote common to older scholarship used to demonstrate the special uniqueness of creativity--one that simply cannot be merely 'reproduced' or 'mechanized'.  If one were to take 100 monkeys and have them hit letters at random on a typewriter (today we would use computer keyboard) every day for ten years, one would not be able to recreate the works of Shakespeare.  The same thing with the anti-intellectual scholar (AIS).  The AIS tend to believe that merely holding the position of student oversight, one that comes with being a professor, means that anything can be done or said to the student, intellectually speaking.  The inner coherence and subtle intellectual development of a discipline is thrown by the wayside, making for the professorship merely one of a placeholder that could be occupied by anyone, including a monkey.  This general lack of awareness--the confusion of power for intellectual integrity--leads to the particularly dangerous situation where the AIS will tend to exercise their power in a  tyrannical fashion.  Corrections of student essays are forcefully commandeered in an arbitrary manner merely to show a sense of power and social hierarchy.  What would be reasonable expectations of common courtesy and decency in meetings and deadlines are erratically broken by mere whim, again as a clear demonstration of power to the underly student.   We may go into countless examples, but the general trends is easily identified: in light of the (valid) absence of academic recognition, the AIS will tend to impotently reclaim a recognition of rank from the underly  student, and in the process, further corrupting the natural dynamics of true scholarship as well as the generational transfer of knowledge.

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