A new email is circulating the web, from a "librarian with question." A very, very stupid question - so stupid that this might be a hoax (if so, it's a very good one).
If it's valid - sheesh.
Subject: librarian with question
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 12:11:08 -0400
I am a librarian trying to answer a reference question from a student. I found on the Web reference to a book you have written on the history of Australian philosophy and thought perhaps you could assist me. Could you provide a name(s) of any ancient Australian philosophers or educators pre-200 B.C.? The student is looking for information on ancient philosophers or educators that impacted modern education.
With a name, perhaps I can find more information in other sources.
Thank you very much for your help.
Emphasis mine (and Tim's). I understand why both the student and the librarian are searching for these mysterious ancient educators who've impacted modern education - modern education sure hasn't "impacted" either one of them.
Here's a tip for that librarian (who I hope is not ever left in charge of any actual books) - avoid those pre-1788 tomes of Australian philosophy. They're likely to be a bit inaccurate.Posted by kswygert at July 1, 2003 06:30 AM