The Real Problem
I guess that means the DoE goal is halfway accomplished.
Given enrollment trends, though, we need to know if journalism profs could teach "stars for poets"?
I mean, I know Bérubé can but we expect versatility from the JoePa Professor.
Could your average Bob Jones University Media Studies Prof really handle "Charles Messier’s late-eighteenth century catalog of stellar objects"? I don't think so... I mean, dude was French!
PS: everyone MUST READ comment #36 in Bérubé's article by "Grumpy Physicist". Priceless.
"If you transform the original opinion (call it ’x‘) by making a parody, we can write this as:
x’ = P x
where ’P‘ is the “parody” operation. Now from all possible opinions, one can construct linear combinations that are eigenstates of the operator P (the proof is trivial, and left as an exercise for the student). That is, x’ = a x, where a is a constant. And since a parody of a parody gets one back to the original state, PP = 1, and thus allowable values for a are +1 or -1.
Most sensible opinions have a=-1: when you parody them, you invert their sense.
There must exist, however, sets of opinions that have a=+1; that is, they are ‘invariant under the parody operation’. When subjected to parody, the parodied opinions are indistinguishable from the original opinion."
- Grumpy Physicist
Damn. I wish I had written that...