Sunday, 3 May 2015
For those law students who ask about doing a PhD
Q: Should I do a Ph.D.?
A: As long as you're ready to challenge the conventional thinking of anything, of course. People would think you're stupid or crazy for going against the norm, but who cares? A Ph.D. is all about adding new and unique knowledge or perspectives to your area of choice.
Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge:
By the time you finish elementary/primary school, you know a little:
By the time you finish high school, you know a bit more:
With a bachelor's degree, you gain a specialty:
A master's degree deepens that specialty:
Reading research papers takes you to the edge of human knowledge:
Once you're at the boundary, you focus:
You push at the boundary for a few years:
Until one day, the boundary gives way:
And, that dent you've made is called a Ph.D.:
Of course, the world looks different to you now:
So, don't forget the bigger picture: