Our Frank and Open/Deep Complications

They get me nowhere, they just bring me down so.... Alan Jacobs is right about the academic (and not only academic) fetish for "complicating" issues: ...I think there are a couple of major reasons for this particular habit, which Jacoby rightly identifies as an excessively common one. First, this is one of the few tendencies of academic writing and speaking that has its roots in teaching. Students are forever wanting to offer simple, straightforward answers to difficult questions, presumably so … [Read more...]