LilMaibe wrote:That one scene with the CoC, where he demands a student is punished for trying something to see if it would work and what would happen even managed to make me stare at the book agape.
You're going to have to elaborate. What's a coc? Are you talking about the bacon sandwich incident? A scientist should never try something potentially very dangerous, the fact that they often do is bad science but it doesn't mean it doesn't get results. For every scientist who got a Nobel prize after drinking Helicobacter pylori, there's one who accidently killed himself (and others). And if you're their boss, you would punish the ones who don't walk away with a Nobel prize (them dying gets you into trouble).
LilMaibe wrote:I'm aware Ponder's (said to) have seen through Ridcully's obfuscating (sp?) stupidity, but he should know better than to assume everyone gets what he's talking about.
It's just weird...
Ridcully's not stupid, and Ponder knows this. Does Ridcully actually obfuscate? I think he likes things to be as simple as possible. Or do you mean Ponder obfuscates? Academics always talk to their colleagues as if everyone gets what they're talking about, even if it's a completely different discipline (they're bloody annoying).