Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ph.D. conversations

I'm having some conversations this week with my emerging Ph.D. students. In each case I've transitioned from “obnoxious assassin” to “micromanaging bastard” (see my previous on my advising arc). This is largely because as I've come to appreciate these students' way of thinking, I've learned to trust what they do.

These are both students about whom I have no worries. Why? Along with being very very smart, they are also very devoted to their subject. If you love what you do, that's about 85% of a Ph.D. right there.

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