Academic dishonesty taken too far.

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by SurfDoctor, May 21, 2010.

  1. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator

    I agree, deep inside he may have wanted to get caught. It's also possible that he was wondering how far he could take the whole scam. Talk about brazen; applying for a Rhodes with fake paperwork. Amazing! He would have to be mentally imbalanced, I would think.
  2. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    Cognitive dissonance theory suggests (simplified) that attitudes are defined by behavior, not the other way around. I would think that cognitive dissonance would mean that the opposite would occurr: that his attitude wouldn't change until after he was caught and THEN he would start to feel regret and be happy that he was found out.
  3. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator

    It would be interesting to read the psychological analysis for this young man, I would suppose one will ensue along with the investigations.
  4. thomaskolter

    thomaskolter New Member

    Sorry to disagree this kind of guy we need to get higher degrees he is perfect leadership material or could work in the CIA or something where such cunning can be useful.

    I don't get the big issue he was cunning enough to sneak into Harvard, and save for being overly ambitious got caught thanks to his damned parents. If it was me I would help my child get along to get the degree and a good job this is the real world nice guys don't always finish first.
  5. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    You want someone in the CIA who doesn't know how to be honest? Someone who would be bribed by terrorists and have no problem giving false information to his superiors? Nice... he would sell this country to Iran if he could.
    I'm a nice guy :) and I don't care about finishing first. I feel it a victory in itself that I'm nothing like him.

    As yourself these questions:
    1) Would I hire this guy?
    2) Would I want him to by my lawyer, therapist, surgeon?
    3) Would I be happy if my daughter married this guy?
    4) How far can I throw him?

    The square root of the answer to number 4 is how much you can trust him.
  6. dcb1888

    dcb1888 New Member

    MC, your post just now is one of the best I've ever seen, by anyone. Right on point, right on the money.
  7. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    May I add, that this thing apparently is happening in the military as well: AP INVESTIGATION: Texas man faked way into Army - Yahoo! News. It's hard to say it isn't a big deal when the reality sinks in:
    That makes my skin crawl just to think about.
  8. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator

    I agree, the MC guy is a pretty sharp cookie.
  9. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    I love playing with idioms, so I can't resist this one.
    That would be a tough one to swallow. :D

    Since we are off topic again anyway: I think it's awesome that you just called me MC :cool:
  10. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator

    Guess I'm slow, but why?
  11. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    Urban Dict
  12. Dave Wagner

    Dave Wagner Active Member

    Possibly, what Festinger (1957) originally proposed was that either attitudes or behavior could change; popularizations of the theory state it the way you have though. Unfortunately, Allport was wrong about "attitude measurement" and Lewin was right, but everybody believed Allport and social psychology has been undermined ever since... but I digress...
  13. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    I have noticed, obviously here, but from a few of your other posts that you sound very much like you were a Sociology or Psychology major yourself. Is my guess correct?
    Contempt for digression is contempt for progress. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. digressed when he said "I have a dream."

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