Mark C. Taylor:
Graduate education is the Detroit of higher learning.
Science makes me feel stupid too. It's just that I've gotten used to it.
Getting a Ph.D. today means spending your 20’s in graduate school, plunging into debt, writing a dissertation no one will read – and becoming more narrow and more bitter each step of the way.
Defending my thesis ... on May day! W00t!
Bart, don't make fun of grad students! They just made a terrible life choice.
When I was at The Economist, there was a policy to rotate everyone every three years. The idea was that fresh eyes were more important than experience. "Foreign everywhere" was the mantra.
The baby brain is abuzz with activity, capable of learning astonishing amounts of information in a relatively short time. Unlike the adult mind, which restricts itself to a narrow slice of reality, babies can take in a much wider spectrum of sensation -- they are, in an important sense, more aware of the world than we are.
Often they would feed morsels of brain to young children and elderly relatives.
It takes 10,000 hours of practice to become a skilled carpenter or musician -- but what makes a true master?
Anyone can become an expert in anything by practicing for 10,000 hours.
End the University as We Know It