Patriot1208 wrote:lmfao wrote:notanumber wrote:Also, only a few people in any profession achieve "great things" (although the definition of that is also rather suspicious). In fact, I suspect that the percentage of the population who have achieved both "great things" and earned a Ph.D. is larger than the percentage of the general population that has achieved "great things" or the percentage of lawyers who have achieved "great things."
Exactly.Patriot1208 wrote:It's true that many peoples work is extremely irrelevant. Nobody said otherwise. But your argument was that PhD's are not irrelevant because PhD's are responsible for many great discoveries. But this is ~1% of those with PhD's. And let's be clear, teaching is not these people's jobs. Research is their job. We'd be better off if more classes were taught by adjuncts with experience in their field and not some theorist who has done nothing but perform studies.
Please read notanumber's post again. He pretty much nailed it.
I honestly don't get the hate/dislike for the PhD's on this board.
I'm unsure how you can be so dense to not realize that this isn't the dispute.
The comment was that PhD's demand be called doctors to feel better about their irrelevant lives.
You countered with "should I even bother reminding you that PhDs are primarily repsonsible for most discoveries?"
Let me break this down for you since you obviously have such a hard time following the discussion. Your post implied that demanding to be called a doctor is ok because people with PhD's are responsible for a lot of discoveries. I countered with, so few people can claim to have made great discoveries that your argument is stupid. Now you still can't seem to comprehend that exchange and are accusing people of hating PhDs.
Let me refresh your memory:
You - "Being called a Doctor as a Phd is something pretentious academics do to feel validation for their largely irrelevant lives."
Me - "should I even bother reminding you that PhDs are primarily responsible for most discoveries?""
I never implied that "demanding to be called a doctor is ok because people with PhD's are responsible for a lot of discoveries". *facepalm* I said that PhDs are primarily responsible for most discoveries; hence, you cannot really call them irrelevant. (I guess you can... if you are an ignorant prick)
I also said that, by definition, anyone who has a PhD has the right be called "Dr.". Yes, even if you graduated from the UOP with a degree in Music.
Bildungsroman wrote:People here don't hate/dislike people with PhDs, just those that demand everyone address them with a special title because of their degree.
I seem to be in the minority here as I do not see anything wrong with calling an MD/PhD a "Doctor" outside of the professional setting. They earned the title and deserve the respect that comes with it.