You guys seem to be awfully sensitive around insults... if I said that Ike was a ignorant asshole who couldn't finish a BA in 4 weeks, you would be over me like white on rice. However AED did not die because of insults (arguable Levicoff added some much needed spice). AED largely died because of what CS Lewis called Bulverism in an essay after the same name. I will illustrate: You, based on your experience, study, whatever, state that Shitty U is, in fact, a Shitty U. I am an Alumnus of Shitty U and am greatly offended, so I "Bulverise". The first thing I do is attempt to discredit the basis of your opinion. Since your view is probably based on less than purely scientific research, it is easily to ridicule it and attribute it to subjective "feelings". The second thing I do is attempt to discredit you by finding out as much as possible about you, ridiculing any "weakness" and trying to show causation between your view and you background... "you feel this way because..." (if you refuse to "share" I may try to question your honesty, manliness, etc.). I have now demeaned you and your personal experience but, of course, have not said a single thing regarding if Shitty U is actually a Shitty U (hence the essance of Bulverism). Throw in a little harassment and AED dies. Obviously honest question regarding the basis of opinions, etc., is desirable but when they are asked only to facilitate the death spiral of Bulverism it may be time to do something.