It’s the lab coat that sells it


The rubes will believe anything if you say it while wearing a lab coat and a clerical collar. It’s a law.

(I’ve never worn either while teaching, which explains my relative poverty.)

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  1. says

    There’s also their obsession with titles (e.g. Dr., Prof.). Even if their credentials are legitimate, the more they insist on being addressed with a title, the less impressed I am.

  2. blf says

    Add in “science-y” sounding words — but not math and certainly no forumlae — plus a hint of the audience’s own biases, and, hey presto, you too can convince the world squirrels are safe & sane, penguin’s cannot fly & don’t eat cheese, T. rex was eating coconuts only a few thousand years ago, and the Earth is not a flat disc supported by turtles. But it requires actual effort to convince anyone a snarling tasteless textureless pea is edible. We know all this do too teh Thousand Monkeys Learn-at-Home Riting Class¡

  3. says

    The rubes will believe anything if you say it while wearing a lab coat and a clerical collar.
    And if you see anyone wearing a chef’s coat outside of a kitchen, you are dealing with a real asshole.

  4. birgerjohansson says

    “Nine MDs out of ten smokes Camel cigarettes”
    I am old enough to remember that shit.
    Also, the “Marlboro Man” died of lung cancer. I you don’t know the name, Google is your friend.

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