The nature of the creative

To do world class intellectual work, the first requirement is a completely calm mind – no matter what is happening around you, or what shit is going down in your life – one must completely relax and only then work. And even before starting work, you must reflect on it, visualize it and visualize the solution….

A PhD prices you out of the Market

One thing that came up in a previous post was about how PhD’s do not often command higher salaries than those with Masters degrees, sometimes even those with a Bachelors. This was the quote we used from the Economist, PhD graduates do at least earn more than those with a bachelor’s degree. A study in the…

Psychological Games in the Academy

Validation means to seek approval, praise. When someone praises us, approves of what we do, it is natural to feel happy. Validation is thus a source of happiness. The problem comes when it becomes our only, or one of the major sources of our happiness. The Academic Environment, especially, at the higher levels of Doctoral studies,…

Should you complete a Ph.D.?

In an earlier post, I discussed how increasingly Universities are getting outdated, with a specific example. That post was brought on by a seminar I attended at Purdue. Today’s post is brought on by a particular news item in today’s local newspaper. Purdue dean shrinks graduate pool to boost pay One reads, Buss brings home about…

Is the University getting outdated?

This post was brought on by a seminar I was in yesterday; and as I was sitting there, several things struck me; especially the fact how no-one else in the room really thought about the things I was thinking about. The talk was given by an ITaP person – I do not remember his name (nor…