academic errorsPosted: March 15, 2011 Filed under: Writing 1 Comment
I loved the Great Courses series on Cathedrals. It was fascinating and I learned a lot. But I was annoyed that the instructor didn't know the difference between a maze and a labyrinth. What is at Chartres is a labyrinth. There is a clear but convoluted path in and out. A maze has false directions and dead ends.
In the course Analysis and Critique, a series on writing, the professor said that the shelves at bookstores and libraries where "literally groaning" under the weight of books on management and leadership. I spent many years in the book business, several years as a store manager at B. Dalton. I was there when the store was closed and quiet, sometimes alone (in violation of company policy, but never mind that). Never once did I hear the shelves groan, even when we stocked Peter Drucker's heavy tome Management in the late 1970s.
It grates on me when academics who know better make such obvious errors.
If the instructor didn’t know the difference between a maze and a labyrinth, it is obvious that person has not walked either one. I have walked, danced and prayed through many a labyrinth. Being a little clostrophobic (sp?) I have no desire to enter a maze. There is a Huge difference!!!