Assholes in academia?

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As a generally harsh speaker, I must say I chose to avoid a career in academia because I thought it would involve a lot of time being nice to people for non-technical reasons (i.e. you could say, I didn't want to have to continuously pretend that I wasn't an asshole). For better or for worse, I think of myself as a clever person who walked away from the academy. Perhaps not for the reasons you wrote about, however. :)
I don't flatter myself - I just smile when I see people identify "non-assholes," as the better half of society :P

How could it be flattering to spend most of one's life as a distasteful hermit, achieving nothing more than personal happiness?

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