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Half-Naked Ivy League Prof Opens Quantum Physics Course with 9/11 Footage, Hitler

There is no (definitive) manual on How to Teach Quantum Physics,
obviously, but one imagines that if such a manual existed it would
likely recommend against opening your first lecture half-naked,
curled into a fetal position while footage of Hitler, Saddam Hussein,
and 9/11 play on the projector. And yet! Columbia professor Emlyn Hughes
opened his Frontiers of Science—one of the Ivy League university's core
classes—with just such a show. Here's how Columbia gossip blog Bwog describes it: According
to our reports, the first class of the physics unit was running a bit
late when the lights went out. When they came back on, professor Emlyn
Hughes was in the spotlight. Then Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's
Hot" started playing in some sort of weird combination with deadmau5,
Billy Joel, and Die Antwoord and he started to undress and put on a
hoodie and sunglasses. After that, he curled up into a fetal position in
his chair as images of 9/11, Nazi Germany, and North Korea started
playing on the projector. Finally, the show was interrupted by ninjas who appeared and smashed puppets onstage.

Tuition at Columbia is $22,000 a semester.

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  • The pathetic state of American education.

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    • @xigm534x Not shown here: the countless hours of dense quantum physics these kids actually have to do.

      This shit is dumb, but it's clearly a poor attempt at bringing some excitement into what many find to be a dull subject. The actual work you do in these courses is challenging, tests are unforgiving, and there is little to no hand-holding.

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    • @suicidebob Wrong. I know a guy from columbia. Its a pot smoking rubber stamp university for the elites to rubber stamp their rat offspring. I find most Ivy and high end graduates losers. MIT, Caltech, Stanford - much better. Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and the worst, Brown, more or less crap. And the people who come out of these schools are filled with self importance that leads to massive failures that get rebranded success.

      Higher Education is obsolete now as bachelors and masters are awarde More..

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    • @mickrussom An issue of perception I suppose, I know many graduates from such institutes who are among the most intelligent people I know. If we're talking personal opinion, I will however admit that I do find those who I know attended or are currently attending MIT to better fit the persona of a hard-working university intellectual.

      Although I'm well aware that plenty of undeserving rich kids manage to make it by in Ivy League schools, I don't think it's fair to discount the entire institute More..

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    • @xigm534x you're a muppet.

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    • @tier1 Thanks Grover!

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  • That girl sounds stupid as fuck.
    Just drop out and start stripping sweetheart...because nobody is going to hire your ass.
    You fucking giggling shithead.

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  • '$22,000 a semester'

    That's fucking ridiculous.

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  • These women are a good example as to why they make less than men, even though they may have the same education.

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  • Seems like an interesting prof. Win over the class on day 1, and getting them to eagerly pay attention for the rest of the semester is a lot easier.

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    • @hangashore You can learn everything this clown is gonna teach these retards in the next 12 months if you watch Leonard Susskind Lecture 1 | Modern Physics: Quantum Mechanics (Stanford)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h1E3YJMKfA

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    • @copilot1111111 - different strokes for different folks. You can also take any course content from MIT online - free. Barriers to education are falling constantly. The majority still choose bricks and mortar sourced, but that will change. For those that choose that route, a prof like this one can make the difference between being engaged in your education vs. going through the motions.

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    • @hangashore Yeah and i have met some incredibly gifted scientists on the net and some incredibly dull and unimaginative professors in my college!
      But who gets to study Qm at Columbia? Engineering majors, physics (Science) majors?
      It's obvious that it's QM 101 and i don't expect these students to become QM experts. Maybe it's a requirement of some sort, just like some of the classes you take while doing all other majors in US colleges and Universities. This is their list of physics classes ht More..

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  • Obviously he's teaching the nature of quantum mechanics which is unknown and unpredictable.

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    • @acuseme

      And he apparently believes he's teaching it to morons who need a carnival sideshow to get their attention.

      Oh, damn. Maybe he's right.

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  • ow hey horny teenagers...

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  • That girl sounds like every mush-mouth sorostitute who ever sat behind me in class.

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  • For 22 grand a semester I'd expect a blowjob while I watch the lecture!

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  • Classic example of an insane, liberal professor at an American university. Let the indoctrination continue!

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  • columbia is not a university, it's a liberal indoctrination theme park.

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  • I love the way the comments play out here. "Damn lib'rl edumacators! My grandpappy didn't learn quantum mechanics this way and it'll be a cold cold day in hell before I even try to understand the way a professional in the field of theoretical physics goes 'bout teach'n the younguns!"

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    • @Meatpuppet I agree, the point is to expose you to different idea and ways of thinking. I applaud him for trying something different. He's done enough work to get where he is so I trust that his tactics have some meaning.

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    • @Washingtontoker Yep. The subject itself is quite challenging and unintuitive... having and old guy in glasses mumbling in a monotone and pointing at a blackboard of formula and diagrams for 1 and a half hours at a time would be a rough way to learn the subject.

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  • @ 3:46 - Are those girls actually saying "Hi Sadam" to Stalin??

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    • @Bull_fly Yes they are. These foolish children will rule our country and have any career open to them with their beloved certificate. College is outdated. Real education is online.

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    • @Bull_fly I thought so as well and had to rewind it. I just think their incredibly slow brains reacted late to the image of Saddam immediately before Stalin.

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    • @Bull_fly There was an image of Sadam just before they said that, fucking idiot, grow a mind and learn how to use it. If you think you're smart for pointing it out you need some serious lessons. As if you couldn't deduce that they either had a slow reaction or the audio lagged for a bit. Oh wait, you're a newbie, I get it now, you just came from youtube and think you're king shit because you got top comment on a Minaj video with 'nees moar cowbells did he died'

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    • @PsychoChiller I actually think that the girls think that both images are of Saddam.
      I don't know what crawled up your ass to start bashin. whaa whaa flame flame.. So what, im a newbie, your an asshole....get over it.

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  • If you knew much about Quantum Physics, you'd know this is probably the perfect way to start out.

    FYI, quantum physics is fucking crazy.

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    • @86mang75 That's what I was thinking. Two stuffed sheep, one dies. Hitler preaches to the troopers yet coddles a child. Perfect.

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    • @MachineGhost
      You don't know a thing about quantum physics then. It's not a just read your book kind of thing.

      Watch a video on the double slit experiment and you'll get a small sample of what I mean. When dealing with quantum mechanics, forget everything you know.

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    • @Rational_Surge

      I think you and I are the only ones who even know a little about this stuff.

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  • I bet i know more about Quantum Mechanics than this clown does - if you have to use these visual shock "therapies" to teach students something then it tells us something about these students and their intellectual abilities

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  • Wow, US education system becoming an absolute joke.

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    • @nutsflipped hows Syria's educational system doing right now? Oh wait....

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    • @Deakion2008 It is still fine, but in the terrorist villages they only teach them the Kuran. Our rural schools are far better than your city schools. Maybe with much less money, but they get to learn all the sciences and arts. And its absolutely free all the way to college. If you meet a Syrian in the US, ask them about it.

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    • @nutsflipped
      - "If you meet a Syrian in the US, ask them about it."

      -If Syria is such a great place why would they move half way around the world to the US?

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    • @nutsflipped and yet you still say ask any syrian IN THE US. because your country is a shit hole like the rest of the middle east. and maybe this guy has a point to this. you only saw the introduction not the whole lecture. and i bet he gained a lot of attention by this weird show. then he conveyed a message that was probably not forgotten. im guessing your in america now enjoy

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    • @440racer66 Not really, because your education system is failing and the US needs serious well educated professionals for its economy. You will find Syrians in very important jobs in the USA. Before the terrorists invasion, ORCHESTRATED BY YOU, we had a 5% GDP growth and 18 billion dollar surplus.
      I will never go to the USA, but the Christians being terrorized by YOUR FSA are going there.
      Yeah at $22,000 per semester, they are getting there money's worth, and then they go to become ignorant ba More..

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  • "how is this related to anything?"

    Quantum Mechanics bitch, it is related to everything.

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  • As a professor I can personally understand what this man is doing. Exhibiting strange and eccentric behavior every so often keeps the interest of the students. No student wants to sit through a boring monotone "repeat the lecture slides" sort of class 5 days a week. He is merely being weird as shit so as to pique their curiosity and make them pay close attention.

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  • I can't believe those annoying girls
    are taking a quantum physics course.
    Wasted money...

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  • the dumb broads cackling throughout the whole video

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  • IF IT WEREN'T FOR THIS VIDEO, I'M SURE THAT THE ADMINISTRATION AT THAT JOINT WOULD COVER UP THIS FUCKED UP PERFORMANCE & DENY THAT IT EVER HAPPENED!!!!

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