"The truth is that a mastery of literary and philosophical texts and the acquisition of wisdom (in whatever form) are independent variables."
— Stanley Fish
The truth is that "independent variables" in the preceding sentence is content-free pseudo-mathematical hogwash.1 Nevertheless, hopefully you get the otherwise valid instructional point.
1 A common intellectual failing and pretension in days such as ours, which are marked by the apotheosis of Science and Mathematics over common sense and—yes—wisdom; q.v. those current exemplars of human folly: hedge funds, quantitative, and economics, non-behavioral.
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