A guy finishing his Mickey Mouse PhD

One of the *perks* of working at a University is to attend seminars every now and then. However, at a recent seminar, the speaker referred to previous research in a not very nice manner. The presenter used this phrase to emphasize that the research was not great: “A guy finishing his Mickey Mouse PhD”. My question is: Is it really necessary to say it that way? I would rather just hear that the previous research is not solid.

I’m pretty sure that you could pick any random Professor at a research-university and find some hole in their research because doing everything perfectly is near impossible. But that does not mean that we should carry on and insult people. In particular, when the person being criticized died decades ago!

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