Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight

tracecom

Joined Apr 16, 2010
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I had previously read that article, and wondered if the woman's suspicions arose more from the math or from the man's social ineptitude. It's a shame that she mistook calculus for a foreign language, but to many of us, one is as inscrutable as the other. A simple "hello" and a smile from the academic might have told her all she wanted to know about him. Having said that, I do agree that the "See something, say something" doctrine is dangerous to personal liberty, and I wonder how much good it really does.
 

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bertus

Joined Apr 5, 2008
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Hello,

I know that scientists, engineers and other technical people can be not the most social types.
I often have to do work for and with those in my job.
Some are very focused on their work.
(I also have sometimes the urge to do so).

Bertus
 

GopherT

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tcmtech

Joined Nov 4, 2013
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Easy.

In the movies anyone who does a bunch of scribbly stuff that sort of resembles math but has more of the alphabet and some long dead hieroglyphics symbols in it than actual numbers is making a bomb or weapon of mass destruction because at some point all that scribbly gobbledygook just magically transforms into a solid tangible device of some sort before the movie ends. :rolleyes:
 

jpanhalt

Joined Jan 18, 2008
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Easy.

In the movies anyone who does a bunch of scribbly stuff that sort of resembles math but has more of the alphabet and some long dead hieroglyphics symbols in it than actual numbers is making a bomb or weapon of mass destruction because at some point all that scribbly gobbledygook just magically transforms into a solid tangible device of some sort before the movie ends. :rolleyes:
Have you ever seen shorthand from a real secretary (now "assistant")? I always wrote notes to myself in a somewhat undefined script, but to my secretary, I tried my best to use English. That woman on the airplane is crazy and a xenophobe. I can't understand why she is being characterized as the victim.

John
 
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