› Academics » Psychology » Brewerisms Home Philosophy Calendar Faculty & Staff John D. Batson Kerstin K. Blomquist Charles L. Brewer Gilles O. Einstein Donna Greene Erin R. Hahn Michelle Horhota Elaine C. Nocks John T. Pellew, Jr. Beth A. Pontari Onarae Rice Cinnamon Stetler Research & Internships IRB Ethics Certification Courses Facilities Dr. Stetler's Class Students Alumni Colloquia Grad Schools & Careers Where Are Our Graduates Now Planning for Life Post-Graduation: Careers Planning for Life Post Graduation: Graduate School Applying to Graduate School American Psychological Association Clubs SPSS Tutorial Brewerisms Neuroscience Research Participant Pool Psychology 111 Students Instructions for Researchers Access Request Form FREUD Tutorial for Researchers Plan a Visit › Apply Now › Give to Furman › Main Content Column 1 Everything is related to everything else. (Formal Corollary: And dammit, don’t your forget it.) If you do not know where you are going, the likelihood that you will get there borders on randomness. Things are always more complicated than they are. Things always take longer than they do, especially when there is more work to do than time to do it. Facts fade fast, so learn concepts and principles. Be willing to say “I don’t know,” but strive always to decrease the frequency with which you must do so. Always write with clarity, conciseness, and felicity of expression. Never mistake pomposity for profundity. For all your learning and teaching, develop a passion that approaches religious fervor. Do not expect instant perfection but strive for steady improvement. Eschew intellectual flabbiness. Develop a healthy skepticism for traditional ways of doing things. Learning is a lifelong process, but life is not long enough to complete the process. Self-education is the only education of lasting consequence. The best teachers are those who have no students, because the students have learned to learn without their teachers. Good teachers inspire students to do better than they can do. I am always pleased when my students do well, but I am proudest when they do right. The most frustrating thing about teaching is that you never know what you are doing. Teachers must be optimistic without being Panglossian. Patience is a virtue, but it has limits. Whether or not things can screw up, they will. Promptness is next to godliness. Maintain rigorous academic standards, despite rampant grade inflation that is a national travesty. For every complex question, there is an easy answer—and it is wrong. Brewer’s Maxim: Leave no academic butt unkicked.