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Last night I met a Ph.D. student from Yale, Historian, working in Beinecke Library....(SHOCKING STUPIDITY!!!)

 
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Last night I met a Ph.D. student from Yale, Historian, working in Beinecke Library....(SHOCKING STUPIDITY!!!)
So, as the thread title states, last night I met a woman who is a Ph.d. student at Yale University, getting her degree in American History. She works (and has worked for more than 3 years) at Beinecke Library.

Beinecke Library is a rare book and rare manuscript library on Yale's campus. If you do not know much about it, it is fascinating! Especially since the windows are made of STONE, not glass!!!
[link to en.wikipedia.org]


Anyway, housed at Beinecke is THE VOYNICH MANUSCRIPT. So to make a joke, after she told me she worked at Beinecke, I told her, "Well, then you will be interested to know that just last week I completed a full translation of The Voynich Manuscript."

She blinked, and stared like a goat.

She had NO IDEA what I was talking about.

A doctoral student from an Yale, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, who works at one of the most famous rare manuscript libraries in the world, which houses one of the most fascinating example of old world/rare manuscripts, HAS NEVER HEARD OF IT???

Some education she is receiving, huh?



Also calls to mind when I met a girl one year ago, a young girl, probably just out of graduate school (23-24 years old), who was working as a High School English teacher.

I asked her something about lexicography..."Do you think Lexicographers should add words as they are invented to dictionaries, or should new words have to go through some type of vetting process?" Not word for word, but basically that is what I asked her, more or less.

She laughed and tried to actually belittle me, saying, "Lexi-what? What does that word even mean?"

OK, I backed away in horror as she laughed and made a "duh" face. I even gave her context, by including the word 'dictionary.'

Folks, these are not the average Americans...these are the new ACADEMICS!


Yes, these are two anecdotal experiences, and I do know not everyone has a genius I.Q., but I was not asking questions about advanced string theory and quantum mechanics (Which i admittedly, know very little, and would be lost in a conversation.)
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Re: Last night I met a Ph.D. student from Yale, Historian, working in Beinecke Library....(SHOCKING STUPIDITY!!!)
meh

that's what you get for talking to liberal arts majors
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Probably had a Justin bierber masturbater.
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I wishes I is smart like youse.


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Re: Last night I met a Ph.D. student from Yale, Historian, working in Beinecke Library....(SHOCKING STUPIDITY!!!)
1/ She was an American History student so she has no need to know what it was.
2/ It is kept in closed stack so she would have gone nowhere near it.
3/ It is a 6 storey building, can you name every single book and manuscript in there?
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Re: Last night I met a Ph.D. student from Yale, Historian, working in Beinecke Library....(SHOCKING STUPIDITY!!!)
I think you are a fool, that thinks he's smart, because he heard about an old book that most have never heard of.

And lexographer? I bet I can name a bunch of words you don't know too.
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Re: Last night I met a Ph.D. student from Yale, Historian, working in Beinecke Library....(SHOCKING STUPIDITY!!!)
I think you are a fool, that thinks he's smart, because he heard about an old book that most have never heard of.

And lexographer? I bet I can name a bunch of words you don't know too.
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Lexographer....hmmm...you have me stumped already!

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Re: Last night I met a Ph.D. student from Yale, Historian, working in Beinecke Library....(SHOCKING STUPIDITY!!!)
1/ She was an American History student so she has no need to know what it was.
2/ It is kept in closed stack so she would have gone nowhere near it.
3/ It is a 6 storey building, can you name every single book and manuscript in there?
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^^ I'm with them. That library is huge and I'm pretty sure that contact with the books behind the glass is limited to when they are actually requested.
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Re: Last night I met a Ph.D. student from Yale, Historian, working in Beinecke Library....(SHOCKING STUPIDITY!!!)
you should have been trying to nail those chicks.

shows how smart you are dumbass.

i don't gay bash...but i hope you are gay.
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Re: Last night I met a Ph.D. student from Yale, Historian, working in Beinecke Library....(SHOCKING STUPIDITY!!!)
I'm a graduate student and I've taken a passing interest in the state of modern academia. I've looked into it and made some discoveries that explain what the problems are.

As far as graduate students goes there are just too many. Whereas back in the 1950's and 60's a professor might take on 4 or 5 graduate students in his/her entire career, today professors will often take on that many at any given time. The threshold of getting into grad school has declined, especially among the social sciences and liberal arts. In the past you had to actually display great talent and convince your mentors that you were destined to be a noted scholar. Not so much these days. Grade inflation combined with easier curriculums designed to keep the rejects in college so that government money keeps flowing has produced an entire generation of grad students who are by and large not worthy.

I fancy myself an exception, of course.
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Re: Last night I met a Ph.D. student from Yale, Historian, working in Beinecke Library....(SHOCKING STUPIDITY!!!)
Translation: OP thinks his "genius IQ" can be used to impress chicks.

Stop hallucinating. You're an annoying creep to these young girls.
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Re: Last night I met a Ph.D. student from Yale, Historian, working in Beinecke Library....(SHOCKING STUPIDITY!!!)
Based on the title, I still think the OP should have begun:

Dear Penthouse,

That it didn't supports the idea that American academics is falling off.

OP doesn't deserve to meet anymore women, the gene pool needs to be cleaned.
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Re: Last night I met a Ph.D. student from Yale, Historian, working in Beinecke Library....(SHOCKING STUPIDITY!!!)
Yes, these are two anecdotal experiences, and I do know not everyone has a genius I.Q., but I was not asking questions about advanced string theory and quantum mechanics (Which i admittedly, know very little, and would be lost in a conversation.)
 Quoting: The Sonic Dreamer


I don't know if this an ip-harvest troll but at least it was interesting.

Meh on the Voynich manuscript but the word "Lexicographer" is from the 19th century period though that same function is still performed somewhat today but that word isn't typically used to describe it.

As far as string theory goes it's a dead end - don't waste your time.
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Re: Last night I met a Ph.D. student from Yale, Historian, working in Beinecke Library....(SHOCKING STUPIDITY!!!)
Yeah, I'll be she chokes a mean sausage though.

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