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Old 30-06-2012, 04:42 PM   #1
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Default Why Academic Papers Are A Terrible Discussion Forum

Why Academic Papers Are A Terrible Discussion Forum (and why, therefore, SS is!?) from The Rationalist Conspiracy

I agree with this analysis, actually..
Whenever I think about how awful the manual therapy chasm is, how deep, I dread to think of how much deeper it would be if we only had academic papering to help us climb out of it or move across it.

1. The time lag is huge; it’s measured in months, or even years.
2. Most academic publications are inaccessible outside universities.
3. Virtually no one reads most academic publications.
4. It’s very unusual to make successful philosophical arguments in paper form.
5. Papers don’t have prestige outside a narrow subset of society.
6. Getting people to read papers is difficult.
7. Academia selects for conformity.
8. Papers have a tradition of violating the bottom line rule.
9. Academic moderation is both very strict and badly run.
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