Diego posted a link to Matt Might’s article “The Illustrated Guide to a PhD“, which was funny, sad, and many would think is accurate. Since I feel optimistic today, I would like to extend on that with an encouraging note.
While we’re all familiar with “perfect” objects, like a circle, triangle, or square:
…they’re not the only class of object that can exist. “Ah! I know what you mean”, Kate would say, “but when you look close enough, everything else can be described as a combination of these elements!” And she’d point to this picture of a house.
And if this is true and all that there is, pushing the boundary of any shape will give us the same inconsequential bulge:
Viewed in this light, the years of anxiety while doing a PhD suddenly become even more of a
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