Anytime someone you’re talking to starts mentioning their “research,” beware.

Best case scenario is, they are some kind of university troglodyte that somehow hasn’t learned that their life’s work isn’t something other people want to hear about.

This is just awkward and dull. So not unlike many conversations, really.

More often that not, however, it’s a person who has never had anything to do with a university; who doesn’t know the first thing about evidence, credible sources, or citation. You know, the principles that research is based on.

These people have often confused “research” for “reading.”

With this second bunch, buckle up, because it’s about to get weird. You’re going to be hearing all about some fringe bullshit. Strangely, in my experience, it also often gets weirdly racist.

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