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Breath vs depth of knowledge (or Oxford vs Cambridge culture if you prefer) - Her Most Regal Majesty, the Queen of Snark
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Breath vs depth of knowledge (or Oxford vs Cambridge culture if you prefer)
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From: kaet Date: June 26th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with what you say about "Cambridge" conversation.

The problem I have with "Oxford" conversation though is that it doesn't seem to offer a "way in", in the way "Cambridge" conversation does: it doesn't seem to be as keen to teach.
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: June 26th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm intrigued. Can you elaborate on what makes a "way in" to a conversation?
From: kaet Date: June 26th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suppose there are different kinds of barriers to entry, but I guess I mean it in a kind of didactic sense: there seems to deal with "uncouth" neophytes by teaching, rather than by deriding or ignoring. I suppose that restricts things to canon a bit more, I don't think it's an unalloyed good thing, but I'm pleased the way some of Cambridge's autodidacts put me straight in years gone by.
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: June 26th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, so sort of less cliquey then. Or at any rate a more welcoming clique?
From: kaet Date: June 27th, 2007 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. More welcoming, as long as you eventually agree, ;-).
keirf From: keirf Date: June 27th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, but the problem with the Cambridge clique is that if you don't agree with their underlying philosophy and methodology (generally a form of logical positivism), you get treated rather rudely in discussions.
From: kaet Date: June 27th, 2007 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely.
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