Bodies and Disciplines

So a biologist walks into a faculty meeting and asks, “Can you help me move a body?”

Sorry, there’s no punchline. That’s just what happened to me half an hour ago.

So you’re a biologist walking into a faculty meeting in need of help moving a new cadaver for an anatomy class. Who do you ask? Obviously the political scientist. OK, he’s one of my best buddies and I’ve helped him move dead bodies before. But stripping away knowledge about individuals other than what their discipline is, who would you go to? The historian that was sitting on the other side of the room the room is a former special forces guy, s he could handle it, but you don’t know that about him, so would you ask?

I’d say the chemist who helped us was a pretty good disciplinary choice. A political scientist? I’m doubtful. An art historian? A philosophy prof? Exercise science?

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James Hanley is Associate Professor of Political Science at Adrian College and a Fellow of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. The views expressed here do not reflect the views of either organization.
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13 Responses to Bodies and Disciplines

  1. D. C. Sessions says:

    An engineer, obviously. We’re experts in finding easier ways to get things done.

    Even if it does take us more time to figure the easy way than doing it the hard way would have. (The family definition of an engineer is “someone who will spend three hours figuring out how to do a two-hour job in one hour.”)

  2. Scott Hanley says:

    However, if it had been James Madison’s body, you’d have felt honored and been the perfect choice, right?

  3. D. C. Sessions says:

    Scott, how about if it had been Dick Cheney’s body?

  4. Matty says:

    Surely you don’t need any info at all just ask who wants to help move a body and hope no one calls the police

  5. “However, if it had been James Madison’s body, you’d have felt honored and been the perfect choice, right?”

    I hear that Madison was a short fellow, so he would’ve been easier to carry at least.

  6. Lancifer says:

    D.C. Sessions,

    Dick Cheney is an evil robot and cannot die.

    http://www.screenshots.com/dickcheneyisanevilrobot.com/

  7. Lancifer says:

    Hmm, I posted a reply to D.C. Sessions that said,

    Dick Cheney is an evil robot and cannot die. And included a link to a graphic of evil robot Dick Cheney destroying a kitten with his laser eyes but it wouldn’t post. Maybe the link caused it to be caught in a spam filter?

  8. James Hanley says:

    Lance, there you go.

    I hadn’t visited the spam filter in a while. Most of it is, of course, junk, but there was this wonderful comment.

    Youre not the average blog writer, man. You absolutely have some thing effective to add to the web. Your style is so powerful that you could almost get away with being a poor writer, but youre even awesome at expressing what you’ve to say. Such a great blog. Ill be back for more.

    I don’t care if it’s spam. I’m going to take it as a real compliment.

  9. D. C. Sessions says:

    Well, yes, Lancifer — but imagine for the moment. Or substitute someone else so widely beloved.
    I suspect that there would be no shortage of volunteers, especially if the assistants got a chance to express their … “respect” … for him.

  10. Dr X says:

    @ DC:
    “Scott, how about if it had been Dick Cheney’s body?”

    It’s possible that one person could move Cheney. He’s lighter than he looks because his heart is missing. On second thought, scratch that. His spleen is huge.

  11. Dr X says:

    And he’s full of crap.

  12. Matty says:

    Dick Cheney is an evil robot and cannot die.

    Wasn’t that an official campaign slogan in 04?

  13. James Hanley says:

    And his balls are massive.

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