Gerald Ford, walking, (er) gum-chewing, and thumb-typing

There’s a slow food movement. Maybe there should be a slow analysis movement.

I was in a brainstorming meeting the other day. Lots of smart people, enormously healthy egos, and the ‘name of the game’ was throwing as many ideas (good, bad, indifferent) up on a whiteboard. Two guys off to the side didn’t really seem to be caught up in the effort — despite the fact it was *their* group that needed new ideas for a project.

‘looked over and both were busy thumb-typing. SO, I did what any curmudgeon-for-hire does in those situations: I stopped the brainstorming and asked the young Masters of the Universe if they’d like to share their tweets with the rest of the us.

Serious hateful glares…  I pretended to look slightly hurt by their disapproval.

Afterwards, one of them came up and said he was pissed off that I’d done that – that he is FULLY capable of doing a lot of things at once. I said I didn’t believe that argument and “neither do learning theorists!”

Truth is, I’d heard that argument, several times, but short of spending time doing searches (instead of more productive activities) I figured finding a reference was a “someday maybe” kind of thing.

Lo and behold, in a recent Arts & Letters Daily, an article to *exactly* this point:


(just to clear up a silly bit of sanitization, the original quote by Lyndon Johnson describing the intellectual heft of Gerald Ford was “he’s not smart enough to chew gum and fart at the same time.” )

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