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1 hour ago, DRW50 said:

 

I read (I think I posted it weeks ago) an article with a father who spends most of his time fighting these hoaxers - he even helped get one fired from his job as a professor (how scary is that that this man was a professor). He said he never thought this was what he'd be dealing with after he lost his son. He and his wife split up and she and their other children have repeatedly had to move because of harassment. 

 

This is what we've become. Or maybe it's what we've always been and we were just naive.

I find myself thinking this fairly frequently.  I grew up admiring people in academia and there weren't any nut jobs at my undergrad college, but there are some nuts out there, often at bigger schools where they can fly under the radar.  It took me too long to realize people can be book smart and still totally off the rails. 

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1 hour ago, DRW50 said:

 

I read (I think I posted it weeks ago) an article with a father who spends most of his time fighting these hoaxers - he even helped get one fired from his job as a professor (how scary is that that this man was a professor). He said he never thought this was what he'd be dealing with after he lost his son. He and his wife split up and she and their other children have repeatedly had to move because of harassment. 

 

This is what we've become. Or maybe it's what we've always been and we were just naive.

 

This kind of crackpottery was ALWAYS out there. My father worked with the space program. I can't tell you how many times he held his tongue when dealing with someone who thought the moon landing was faked.

 

Unfortunately the internet has been an incubator for this kind of thing. People can create a whole world where their delusions are reflected back to them. 

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It is scary when you think of the reality that some of these people are teaching people in classrooms or are in positions of authority.

 

Speaking of the reality of people in authority, take a gander at these statistics. 

 

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4 hours ago, Juliajms said:

I find myself thinking this fairly frequently.  I grew up admiring people in academia and there weren't any nut jobs at my undergrad college, but there are some nuts out there, often at bigger schools where they can fly under the radar.  It took me too long to realize people can be book smart and still totally off the rails. 

I had a professor that was a Harvard grad and doctorate and he was certifiable.  It took me a whole semester to figure out - he's not just making mistakes in lectures, just to see if someone notices and dares to correct him...he's really screwing up.  I had gotten 2 A's on exams during the Semester, and then on the Final I "failed", and I got a C in the class.  Many of the questions were the same as on the 2 smaller exams, and I answered them the same way - on the Final he wrecked me on everything.  I went to the department chair and got it overturned.  Someone told me - he favors the students who he's an advisor to - if he's not your advisor he will ensure the best you get will be a C or lucky - a B.  That proved to me - crazy is out there and so is unfairness.   

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