Never be afraid to get dirty, but be sufficiently sure-footed to avoid the abyss of contamination.

Faux-losophy

Thanks to the new “stalker feature” on Facebook, I’ve been given a lot of details on friends I didn’t think were necessary. For instance, one of my roommates from the PARC internship recently added one of my friends from high school to his list of friends. Browsing his profile, I remembered he coined the term faux-losopher during his summer at PARC. A faux-losopher is a self-important, pretentious pseudo-intellectual. The more hyphens, the better.

A self-conscious concern in academia is whether one’s contributions are actually novel or whether they are simply spin. Some students may wonder if the research they do warrants a PhD or simply an FD. Unfortunately, self-consciousness can inhibit people from executing new ideas. It is when people are afraid to execute their own ideas that they become tempted to echo the ideas of others. Once they start believing these ideas to be their own, they turn into faux-losophers. While it can sometimes be difficult to spot a faux-losopher, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this guy is not one.

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