Academic Scripts and Academic Actors

Academic Actors

Researching modern mainstream textbooks and the associated recommended reading list of approved texts is usually a mind numbing experience that drains my will to live.

It’s an especially strange sensation reading Settled Science because it’s so difficult to concentrate and take seriously when so little of the script makes any sense.

My primary yardstick for measuring the worth of a Settled Science Script is based upon the simple principle that its value [in most cases] is inversely proportional to its mathematical content.

Experience has also taught me that the sooner I encounter mathematics in a Settled Science Script then the sooner I am going to lose the will to live whilst reading the script.

The problem is that mathematics is no substitute for understanding and insight.

Heuristic formulas aren’t theories or explanations.

Heuristic formulas are usually just evasions and subterfuge that mask some bogus Settled Science belief system that is not supported by mechanics, observations or even logic.

The hopeless heuristic formulas that attempt to mask magical forces at a distance are the most egregious in my book.

Therefore, whenever an author resorts to mathematics it frequently demonstrates their complete lack of understanding and insight.

Another factor that influences my will to live is the modern trend for Fact Speak.

Fact Speak is where the author attempts palm-off some old threadbare theory as an established fact without explaining that it is just one [of many] theories that isn’t supported by the observational evidence and their only justification for regurgitating this tawdry tale is that it conforms to their Settled Science belief system.

Fact Speak authors occasionally throw in [as afterthoughts] a cherry picked observation [or two if you are very lucky] to illustrate the Strength of the Science.

Fact Speak authors have to write in this back-to-front fashion because they know if they detailed the observational data first then they couldn’t subsequently draw their claimed conclusions.

Thankfully, I don’t have to learn these Settled Science Scripts by heart [parrot fashion] or chant the correct canticles to please the oracles of Settled Science.

Generally, I find it’s more enjoyable going to the theatre when the cast has leant the script.

But an actor reciting Macbeth is neither Shakespeare nor a King of Scotland.

Similarly, I find it more enjoyable when a teacher understands the script and has leant their lines.

However, I lose the will to live whenever I read an academic author who thinks they are an Oracle of Science because they can chant canticles from the Settled Science Script.

There are times when it’s not enjoyable going to the theatre even when the cast know the script.

Many moons ago I sat through the first half of Troilus and Cressida at the Everyman in Liverpool.

Troilus and Cressida is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1602.

It was described by Frederick S. Boas as one of Shakespeare’s problem plays.

The play ends on a very bleak note with the death of the noble Trojan Hector and destruction of the love between Troilus and Cressida.

Throughout the play, the tone lurches wildly between bawdy comedy and tragic gloom, and readers and theatre-goers have frequently found it difficult to understand how one is meant to respond to the characters.

The cast knew their lines and acted well but I didn’t enjoy the first half.

Everything changed during the interval when the leading man lost the will to act.

Therefore, in true the show must go on fashion, the star of the second half of Troilus and Cressida was some poor sod stumbling about the stage reading his lines directly from the script.

The stand-in was not in costume and wore a large black cloak to hide his embarrassment.

But he held the audience spellbound as he read the script and followed the stage instructions because he couldn’t afford the luxury of looking up to see where we has going on stage.

The breathless audience willed him clear of the scenery whilst secretly calculating the odds of him disappearing headfirst into the orchestra pit as he traversed the stage reading his lines.

Somehow the stand-in avoided disaster and lived on [unscathed] to fight another day.

I don’t know if the same can be said for the leading man.

The Everyman Theatre stands at the north end of Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England.

It was founded in 1964, in Hope Hall (once a chapel, then a cinema), in an area of Liverpool noted for its bohemian environment and political edge, and quickly built a reputation for ground-breaking work.

Everyman Theatre - Hope Street - Liverpool

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One Response to Academic Scripts and Academic Actors

  1. Your phrase . . .

    “That drains my will to live”

    Is exactly the same phrase I’ve used to describe reading what are supposed to pass for science ‘research’ papers. I don’t know how they do it, I can only imagine that there must be some secret formula with precise details of how to write to achieve this state.

    Postulated Academic / Science Article Writing Rules . . .

    1. Absolutely don’t give a plain English, no gobbledygook summary breakdown as an introduction (or in the summary either).
    2. Use as many ‘nonsense’ and extreme research niche and ‘jargon’ words as possible, the last thing you want is someone else being able to understand it.
    3. If you write it in ways to make it as boring as hell then it’s unlikely that anyone will be able to take in enough of it that they’ll spot the problems in the experimental design, the data handling and or the statistical analysis.
    4. Remember, the simpler more trivial the research is the greater effort needs to be expended to make it sound / seem / appear complicated, sophisticated and meaningful.
    5. Feel free to use abbreviations, contractions and acronyms without actually defining these anywhere.
    6. To make it appear even more sophisticated then don’t forget to put in ‘equations’ and mathematical symbols they are a great substitute for plain language.

    An often quoted presented quote of Einstein has him stating “You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother”, despite being very true the opposite seems to be how research papers are actually written.

    Academia and science appear to have been specifically unintelligently ‘designed / engineered’ to make it as hard as possible for anyone to have any clue as to what is ‘really’ what!!!

    Yes I too noticed the ‘equation’ proliferation problem quite a while ago . . . the use of complicated formulas and equations as a substitute for actual real life/environment engagement and observation has reach ‘dizzying’ heights. The leaders in this field are the economists, whom are now so far removed from how our ‘reality / economy / people’ actually function that they obviously take offence at how completely wrong the real life systems actually are compared to the how it’s all supposed to work according to their equations. . . it won’t be long before they catch up and start postulating invisible ‘dark’ economies in attempts to account for the massive discrepancies . . . in fact I’d not be surprised in the slightest if medication isn’t developed to help the ‘real’ population to more easily conform to how they are supposed to behave ‘economically’ either!!!

    Based on the evidence I can only postulate that we are in a simulation that was specifically put together by the Monty Python team – the dead parrot sketch comes to mind as a parody that wouldn’t be far wrong in summing up ‘settled science’ . . .

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