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23 Jun 2013, 12:38 pm

Hypothetical scenario. Your name is Dr Jones and you are attending a busy science conference. You have a name badge that is clearly marked "Dr Jones" in large letters. You are standing in the room by yourself when you see another academic who you don't recognise. He approaches you. As he approaches you see his eyes moving over your name badge. When he gets close to you he smiles and asks "Dr Jones?"

How are you most likely to react?

a) You see his eyes moving over your badge, but you don't know what that means. When he asks "Dr Jones?" you answer yes to his question because you think that he is seeking information.

b) You see his eyes moving over your badge, and you realise that means he read your badge. However, you think he may be unsure about who you are. Perhaps he thinks you accidentally picked up the wrong badge, or maybe he thinks you are wearing the badge as a joke. You answer yes to the question because you think that he is seeking information.

c) You see his eyes moving over your badge, and you realise that he read your badge and knows you are Dr Jones. You are therefore confused as to why he is asking the question. You look at him in a strange way for a bit, which comes across as a bit rude. You then remember that you should be polite to people, and answer his question. You assume he is seeking information, but that he must be a bit stupid.

d) You see his eyes moving over the badge, and you realise that he read your badge and knows you are Dr Jones. You realise that he is not looking for information, but instead is looking for a way of opening a converstion with you while at the same time acknowledging who you are. Instead of answering his question, you smile at him and say "hello".



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23 Jun 2013, 12:53 pm

C : p



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23 Jun 2013, 12:54 pm

My reaction would be closest to a, I suppose, with a bit of the reasoning of d; I would answer "yes" to his question, even though I know that the answer is self-evident, to confirm that Dr. Jones is what I wish to be called and that his pronunciation of the name is correct; it is possible that Dr. Jones would prefer to be called by his first name, and stating the name as a question would give Dr. Jones the chance to reply with "Please, call me Daniel" or something of the sort. One would also assume that him repeating the name may be a way to confirm its pronunciation; it is possible that the spelling "Jones" may correspond to the pronunication "Jo-knee" or "Jo-ney" in another culture, and it is polite to establish the correct pronunciation before one uses it in conversation. I would acknowledge, though, that the entire purpose of him establishing my name would be to engage in conversation and would thus prepare myself to do so.


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23 Jun 2013, 12:59 pm

I can't fit myself into this hypothetical situation, I presume that means I get an F.



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23 Jun 2013, 1:00 pm

Now that I know NTs, I know it's d. But before, i.e. for half a century, I would've been sure he's trying to mock me or something, and I would've answered in a mocking way, thereby getting him angry.


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23 Jun 2013, 1:19 pm

I'm assuming the answer is D, but I would probably still answer something stupid like "Yes, that's me" instead of "Hello" because in the moment I don't usually think of all of that social pragmatics stuff and just answer with the first thing that occurs to me. Which would be to answer the immediate question, so I'd probably end up with a situation like A.



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23 Jun 2013, 1:28 pm

I'm finding these alternatives rather a bit too equivocal, but my closest answer would probably be A (there was some plausibility for D). If I was envisaging myself within such a prestigious business environment, I'd consider myself to be highly amenable and solicitous towards anyone attempting to converse with me (i.e. another person calling my name to demand for information as such), just for the sake of formalism as-well as trying to emulate behavior that is construable as "good manners" within a conventional area.


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23 Jun 2013, 1:50 pm

None of the above. I'd probably be a little uncomfortable and not necessarily say anything. I'd probably respond with eye contact and nodding my head to prompt him to ask a question.



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23 Jun 2013, 2:05 pm

I'd say 'D'. Knowing me, I'd answer with some remark like, "in the flesh."



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23 Jun 2013, 2:11 pm

redrobin62 wrote:
I'd say 'D'. Knowing me, I'd answer with some remark like, "in the flesh."


That's what I'd do too. Then I'd try to read his tag and say "And you're Dr. Brown, I see."


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23 Jun 2013, 2:19 pm

my first response would be "C", but during my trained response-delay, i would realise it most likely was "D" and act as written there.

however, this assumes i noticed the other person looking at my badge, which i probarbly didn't.
if i am by myself i dont really look at other people, and i rarely look at eyes at all.
in reality, i would think he didn't see the badge and, depending on how his voice sounded, either acknowledge his question (assuming he got my name somehow) or respond annoyed becouse he could have read...



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23 Jun 2013, 2:29 pm

My answer would be A but after careful consideration I would think D is the one you're supposed to give.



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23 Jun 2013, 2:35 pm

A. He asked me a question and I answered "yes".
I don't think about why he looked at the badge or why he asked me. I'm just answering his question.



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23 Jun 2013, 2:45 pm

D does seem like the correct way to answer if you take the time to think about it, but answering "yes" should get you the same results.



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23 Jun 2013, 3:04 pm

foxfield wrote:
Hypothetical scenario. Your name is Dr Jones and you are attending a busy science conference. You have a name badge that is clearly marked "Dr Jones" in large letters. You are standing in the room by yourself when you see another academic who you don't recognise. He approaches you. As he approaches you see his eyes moving over your name badge. When he gets close to you he smiles and asks "Dr Jones?"


I would hate being in the situation of standing by myself in a large room. If I were in that situation, I would probably be thinking about the next seminar I was going to attend (perhaps reading through conference materials). Or, deciding if I had time to walk around and look at the exhibits.

At that moment, if someone approached me, I would probably be slightly startled (that someone is coming up to me, saying my name).

The following thoughts would go through my mind:
- How does he know who I am? Oh, that’s right, I have a name badge on.
- Who is this person? Do I recognize him? Why is he approaching me?

Uncertain who this was and why they were approaching me, I would simply respond "Uh...hello". And, wait for them to explain why they came up to me.