Much of the work (about 75%) for my “side project” is done, which means that in less than a week, I will probably be able to focus on all of the study that I am supposed to have been doing anyway.
Spent my one classroom experience today discussing rational choice theory (again) with a small circle of people. What I learned, once again: many people at the University of Chicago are pedants. There is a sort of “ethic of precision” going on here that I don’t know if I appreciate. I think to some extent it begins to tread in the domain of diminishing returns — spending so much time being attentive to minutae can’t do anything for your temprament, for your compatriots, or in the end for your progeny… and it really doesn’t increase your Nobel chances all that much.
Or maybe I’m wrong. I did hear something about the U of C gaining yet another one this last week. Hmmm… even so… I’d rather give someone a break than give them a useful lesson or a “firm but helpful” correction about something that hardly matters anyway. Maybe I’ve got the wrong personality for this school?