Academic boredom – a creative consideration

Academic wisdom - a burrowing owlNow this is a good reason to encourage creative teaching and scholarship: to reduce the prevalence of academic boredom in seminars. We are all guilty of it and/or well acquainted with it. Seminars that go on and on forever, and ever and ever . . .

But Amir Baghdadchi has studied this phenomenon in great detail. He argues that by making heaps and heaps of rigorous arguments in your presentation and boring the pants off everyone, you reduce the risk of anyone in the audience ever asking awkward, challenging questions for which you have no answer. Great paper. A must read. (See my page for a sample, or go to the publisher for the paper – you’ll need library access to get it for free.)

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