Our next faculty meeting will discuss the difference between thinking and doing….

Not the first academic to think the thought. Too bad he didn’t leave things at that.

This really wasn’t very collegial….

Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect, tnr.com, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.

9 thoughts on “Our next faculty meeting will discuss the difference between thinking and doing….”

  1. I think it was Robert Anton Wilson who observed that what set domesticated primates apart from other mammals was that they marked their territory by excreting ink markings on pieces of paper.

  2. Well, how else was he supposed to deal with the situation? If your colleague is too stupid to see the consequences of deviating from the Levi-Civita parallelism for non-Riemannian hypersquares, what else can you do?

  3. Oh, come on, he may have just been drunk or on drugs, afterall we are talking about higher education!

  4. I circulated this story to my colleagues as an inspiring example of creative handling of workplace conflict, and I'm so proud that it arose in my industry, which is not generally thought of as a font of innovative management.

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