[Taxacom] Honorifics for M.A.s
Dan.Bickel at austmus.gov.au
Sun Mar 5 14:56:35 CST 2017
Why do we we need honorifics anyway? They merely serve as masks for people to hide behind.
I have met plenty of people with PhDs who are idiots and fools - university campuses are full of them.
Almost any one with half a brain can grind a way and get a PhD - big deal! Don't let this serve as a cover for the real person. There is an old saying, "The bigger the front, the bigger the behind".
Did Socrates have a B.A. in philosophy, Galileo a M.S. in physics or Leonardo da Vinci a M.A. in Fine Arts? And what about Charles Darwin ?
So Freeman Dyson didn't have a Ph.D. - so what? Einstein worked as a patents clerk in Bern while he was developing his theory of special relativity.
To introduce a speaker at a lecture, simply say, "I would like to introduce John Doe, whose lecture is entitled, 'On the superficiality of academic titles and honorifics'
Daniel J. Bickel
Entomology, Australian Museum, 1 William Street Sydney NSW 2010 Australia
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I remember going to a lecture by Freeman Dyson and the guy whointroduced him went on and on about him not having a Ph.D. but he was AOK anyway. Embarrassing. There are several highly productive researchers here who only have M.A. degrees, and Mr. or Ms. seems pedestrian. I recommend that a term be devised and used as an honorific for such people. I suggest the term "Magister." Kind of high-falutin but apparently cognate with a "Masters" degree, see Wikipedia.
Richard H. Zander
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