Physics and French literature

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Q: I disagree with your generalization that physicists are smarter than professors of French Literature.

A: Try this thought experiment. A dictator takes over the US and sends all the professors to re-education camps. The physicists are told they have to learn how to write academic articles about French literature, and the French literature professors are told they have to learn how to write original physics papers. If they fail, they’ll be shot. Which group is more worried?

— Paul Graham

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2010.11.19 Friday ACHK