In networking class today:

Student - "But this is just in theory, how does it work in practice?"

Lecturer - "In theory, theory and practice are the same thing."

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    Wait, what?!
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    I mean in theory, theory works like theory.
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    Perhaps a professor that has never had a job outside teaching? Or a nicely sarcastic one.
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    Practice is theory and tomato’s are potatoes.
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    Uhm... Yea that's something people say, but only in a sarcastic joking manner:

    In theory, theory and practice are the same thing, but in practice...

    It's a joke! He doesn't actually think that does he?!?!!
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    Well, if this wasn't a joke, hopefully they aren't in charge of building any bridges... Where I live, a university-led bridge project collapsed despite having their architecture department & professors working with the builders & contractors if I recall correctly. It's top program nationwide and it still collapsed and killed multiple people.... one professional/industry architect said this about the project:

    "we should never let engineers design anything you can see."

    Hope things get better for you in other classes and you can get some practice in a much safer way :)
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    What's the difference between theory and practice?
    In theory there is none. In practice it's gigantic. //roughly translated, sounds more cool in slovenian though..
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    In theory we are walking meatballs.
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    @vane i agree with this 100%
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    @AliceLiddell sounds like a lack of engineers. Architects are not engineers.
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    It's possible the professor thought the student was being ridiculous and gave a silly answer.
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    "theory and practice are the same in theory but totally different in practise" - GM Ben Finegold
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    @dontPanic The best chess teacher if you want to learn one-liners and maybe some chess as well.
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    By that theory, 60 percent of the time it works, everytime
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    Theoretically your teacher was correct.
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