"I love to give talks. I just don’t like giving talks that people don’t want to hear. It’s wrong to set up the educational system that way. But that’s not why I don’t teach. I don’t teach for visceral reasons. I just dislike it. If I were a biologist, I would be a theoretical biologist, because I don’t like the idea of cutting up frogs. Not for moral reasons but because it’s disgusting. Similarly, talking to a group of people who don’t want to be there is disgusting."
~a fabulous quote on the academic life by an Oxford physicist, from Rivka Galchen’s recent New Yorker article. I don’t exactly feel this way about teaching, but I agree wholeheartedly with the final sentence: talking to a group of people who don’t want to be there is disgusting, for real.