Well, that was comparatively complementary.
Dad: So they had some damned sociologist on from the University?
Dad: And he's talking about this research relating stress and prejudice and... uh... health?
Drek: Prejudice causes stress, which leads to poor health outcomes?
Dad: Right. Right. He was saying that people who experience prejudice are stressed and have worse health. And the interviewer- she was some gal from the University too, a Professor- she was saying, don't some ethnic groups have predispositions to some disorder?
Dad: But this guy, he was saying, 'No, no. We're all the same. Different ethnic groups don't get certain disorders more than others.'
Drek: Except we know that's not true.
Dad: Exactly! So here's this guy- and his data don't even speak to this- just spouting off on this political line. He looks like a goddamn idiot.
Drek: Well, if it makes you feel any better, think how annoyed I would have been if I'd been listening to him. I mean, first, there's the bad argument and, second, he makes my discipline look like a bunch of idiots.
Dad: Yeah, that's the thing! He makes all of sociology look ridiculous when a lot of you guys are real scientists. That's what made me so mad.
Drek: Oh.... thanks!
Considering my family has for a lot of years assumed that "sociologist" means "post-modern communist" I'm actually rather touched at this exchange. Seriously.