PhD author types

The more I work with “PhD” author types, the more I am convinced that they are not any smarter than the rest of us.

Don’t get me wrong… I am going to earn my PhD as well, but I hope I never become so smart that I forget how to communicate well.

If you earned the PhD rank in life, please don’t follow your PhD cousins by sending in 500 word paragraphs for your articles. ;-) Sheesh.

Just because you are smart does not mean you can communicate well… Something to keep in mind if you are trying to reach the masses with your intelligence. :)


John Williams writes:

One thing I learnt when I started doing magic tricks was that many academic types were the easiest to fool with simple tricks – those that let the systems they were exposed to control how they thought.
But there is possibly a reason for the 500 word paragraph. I believe that’s the required format – no paragraph breaks?

Comment provided January 17, 2005 at 3:53 AM



John, What I’m saying is that many PhD types will send in a whole article in one paragraph or their paragraphs will be 5-10x the normal size.

Paragraphs should be 3-7 sentences max. I’ve seen some lately that were 30+ sentences. My feeling is that if you can’t develop a paragraph that supports the first sentence in the paragraph in 2-7 sentences, then you’ve probably gone overboard and should break the topic into the next paragraph.

Some Engineer types have similiar problems where it’s not obvious to them to hit enter and create more paragraphs rather than big blobs of text. :)

Comment provided January 17, 2005 at 7:24 AM


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