So either this professor is brilliant, or he’s bat s**t crazy. In what has to be the strangest lecture these Columbia University Students will ever attend, Professor Emlyn Hughs stripped down to his underwear, had two participants assault stuffed animals with swords, and showed images of 9/11, Hitler, Stalin, Saddam Hussein, and Osama Bin Laden. All before beginning his lecture on quantum mechanics, because you know, it totally relates.
Luckily the bizarre intro was captured on video by students using their camera phones and uploaded to bwog.com, Columbia’s monthly undergraduate magazine.
Students can heard asking “what is happening?” and “is this real life?” And yes, Ivy League students sound just as dumb as any other kid just out of high school.
Once the video finishes, Professor Hughs, without missing a beat, begins his lecture on quantum mechanics by saying, “In order to learn quantum mechanics, you have to strip to your raw, erase all the garbage from your brain and start over again.”
We feel like there’s a message there. Hmmm…
Hughs continues, saying, “Nothing you can learn in your life up to now can in any way help prepare you for this, because everything you do in your everyday life is totally opposite of what you’re going to learn in quantum mechanics.”
We’re not exactly sure what he’s trying to say, probably because we’re not Columbia students, but we think the shock value of his presentation was intended to break open the students traditional modes of thought, since conventional thinking is rendered useless in the world of quantum mechanics.
That, or he’s bat s**t crazy. We come full circle…
The University released a statement shortly thereafter saying that “appropriate academic administrators” are “reviewing the facts of this particular presentation.”
Take a look at the video, and tell us what you think.
- Carlos Delgado, CBS Radio