Pretty much by definition, academics are people who've been institutionalized most of their lives. They worked hard to learn a whole lot about a whole little, and they tend to think reading about a thing means they know it. The easiest way to get along with them is to learn their buzzwords, tell 'em what they want to hear, and never contradict 'em unless you're ready for a hissy fit.
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This quote was added March 24, 2013.