The Simpsons vs. the PhDs
by Daniel Clowes, on the cover of The New Yorker, May 24, 2010
An illustration from “The Long-Haul Degree”,
an article by Patricia Cohen, The New York Times, April 8, 2010
Young Americans have generally woken up to the bad prospects and absence of a reasonable middle class career path in science and are deserting it. If you haven't yet, then join them. Leave graduate school to people from India and China, for whom the prospects at home are even worse. I have known more people whose lives have been ruined by getting a Ph.D. in physics than by drugs.
Don't Become a Scientist! by Jonathan I. Katz
THIS IS YOUR EDUCATION, THIS IS YOUR SALARY ! $50K! ! ** ! ** * $40K! ** * Any Questions? ! ** * ! ***** * $30K! **** * ! **** * ! ***** * $20K! ***** * ! ***** * ! *** * $10K! *** * !** * ! * 0+--------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+--*---------> no high some Bachelor's Master's Doctor high school college Degree Degree of school diploma Philosophy diploma
Career Guide for Engineers and Computer Scientists by Philip Greenspun
A lot more men than women choose to do seemingly irrational things such as become petty criminals, fly homebuilt helicopters, play video games, and keep tropical fish as pets (98 percent of the attendees at the American Cichlid Association convention that I last attended were male). Should we be surprised that it is mostly men who spend 10 years banging their heads against an equation-filled blackboard in hopes of landing a $35,000/year post-doc job?
Women in Science by Philip Greenspun
America is thus a nation rapidly drifting towards a state of things in which no man of science or letters will be accounted respectable unless some kind of badge or diploma is stamped upon him, and in which bare personality will be a mark of outcast estate. It seems to me high time to rouse ourselves to consciousness, and to cast a critical eye upon this decidedly grotesque tendency. Other nations suffer terribly from the Mandarin disease. Are we doomed to suffer like the rest?
The PhD Octopus by William James, Harvard Monthly, 1903