Academics might be professionals in meeting expectations.
Ok, what do I mean by that?
It’s ridiculous that professors are hailed as these keepers of originality and critical examination.
All I ever saw was meeting expectations in order to get good grades and graduate, and then finding consensus in order to get published.
I mean, I have heard a professor literally say he
Show me a professor always against the grain and ill show you an academic that never gets tenure.
Academics are just as likely to rely on emotion as everyone else is.
Myfellow academics, taken as a group, are just as reluctant to engage in genuine reflection as the less highly educated person in the street. Academics have always been afflicted by unusually high levels of conformity to expectations: one of the chief ways you prove yourself worthy of an academic life is by getting very good grades, and you don’t get very good grades without saying the sorts of things that your professors like to hear.
-Alan Jacobs, How To Think