My Fair Lady -- Henry Higgins

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Subject: My Fair Lady -- Henry Higgins
Posted by:  Hen Hanna (henhan…
Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2017

On Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 4:50:27 AM UTC-7, Arindam Banerjee wrote:
> Just saw the production today at the Regent with the missus.
> It was splendid.
> Why is it that the Prof. Higgins type is absolutely and completely extinct
> today?
> Fictional scientists of our time are such incompetent and unmanly cry babies.
> Cheers,
> Arindam Banerjee

we no longer think of (historical) linguists and
        philologists  as "scientists".

On Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 7:31:37 AM UTC-7, Don Phillipson wrote:
> Deference has changed:  people with low levels of X no longer defer
> voluntarily to people with high levels of X (whether X is scientific
> knowledge, or money in the bank, or anything else variable and
> available as an indicator of social rank.)
> The only domains possibly exempt from this rule are domestic
> plumbing and expertise in computer applications.  These retain
> the cachet and personal relevance formerly reserved to religion.
> --
> Don Phillipson    > Carlsbad Springs  > (Ottawa, Canada)

In the USA, scary looking Macho-men always get
        respect, too.  HH