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Para-Academics   (+5, -1)  [vote for, against]
Terrorize the public with abstract ideas, without all the prior study and peer-review of real academia.

You know how para-militaries have all the fun of playing around with guns, without the tedious accountability of real soldiers?

I wannabe a para-academic, and have all the fun of playing around with ideas on much the same basis. I think I might not be the only one around this site who feels the same way.

You know how para-militaries, if they make a nuisance of themselves for long enough, sometimes get incorporated into regular armed forces, with an amnesty for what they might have got up to in the past?

Real mortar boards? White lab coats, too? It's got to be worth a try.
-- pertinax, May 10 2006

para-academic http://www.centerpo...images/skydiver.jpg
[normzone, May 19 2006]

I thought we were doing that here.
-- normzone, May 10 2006

Sounds like half the blogosphere.
-- Galbinus_Caeli, May 10 2006

Welcome, newbie-corporal 1C [pertinax]!
-- lurch, May 10 2006

This kinda already happens: whenever you read a newspaper article that says 'experts say', or 'new research', the chances are that it's bollocks.
-- Jinbish, May 10 2006

Bah - gimme real mortars and labs any day.
-- Letsbuildafort, May 10 2006

<obligatory WIFRT> When I first read this idea I thought it was going to be about parachuting think-tank members into a problem area, but there's nary a chute in sight. Just some stinking lab coats and stupid hats.
-- Canuck, May 10 2006

/I thought we were doing that here./

yep! I got my mortarboard on too. It has jewels!
-- bungston, May 10 2006

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