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Category: Ideas/Current affairs
If you were to ask an average American when the last time they studied history was, they might say high school or college. For most people, history stops being relevant when they enter the adult world. The field of history as it exists today consists of scholars who conduct meaningful historical research, publish their findings in academic journals, and profoundly impact our understanding of history. However, the advent of digital history has begun to reshape the field.
In these days and age, miserably few would consider pursuing a Ph.D. degree in science. In case some are still pondering about it, read this article first before pushing head on into it. This is my only advice for now.
What’s it like to get a Ph.D. Degree in science?
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After perusing the pros and cons outlined by the author of the article, let me know if you have more questions.
At any rate, enjoy a good read.
On CBC Radio 1 Ideas program, which is to be broadcast on Thursday, 25 September 2014, after the 9 p.m. news. A podcast will be available online later on the Ideas web site.
2014 Friesen Prize Winner Lap-Chee Tsui talks with IDEAS host Paul Kennedy about how a boy who remembers raising tadpoles in Hong Kong became the scientist who ultimately isolated and identified the gene that causes cystic fibrosis.
History may tell facts, but usually facts interpreted for a certain purpose. There is a parable which has not been told often. It is about how history is written or re-written. It goes like this:
One day, a certain saint came to earth and visited with monks in a monastery. He asked them what they had accomplished. One said he could see angels. Another said he could make miracles. A third said he could fly when he prayed.
“All good and well”, the saint said. “I also practiced this one when I was younger. But the most difficult thing of all is to see your own sins.”
This parable should be told in history classes by teachers.