The teaching slide that is inflaming the internet today. Photo / Twitter

It’s a debate as old as the Epic of Gilgamesh (look it up, engineering students): are exact sciences harder than humanities?

A University of Canterbury engineering lecturer seems to think so and has sparked an online debate when the teaching slides surfaced on social media this week.

“If engineering was easy, they’d call it arts instead,” the lecturer’s slide claimed.

Luke Goode, associate professor in media and communication at the University of Auckland, tweeted the image on Wednesday, adding: “Dear Canterbury Uni NZ Arts colleagues: apparently this is how your Engineering colleagues think it’s appropriate to talk about you and your students to their new students.”

Goode followed up with a tweet where he says he understands this is probably just intended as “harmless banter” but it’s still a telling sign of “an ideological war on critical thinking coupled with the anti-intellectualism that infects this country”.

“Does this lecturer seriously imagine he or she would find an Arts degree any easier than I would find an Engineering degree? How about encouraging your new students to behave like adults by setting an example?” Goode added.

Twitter was divided on the matter.

Source: NZ Herald 



  1. Hey what about the bullshit artists who engineered the Christchurch CTV building killing 115 people (without charge)? Should we bow down to these amazing intellectuals as well?


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