Honestly, I've got mixed feelings about them, I'm 1000 issues in and I'm still unsure if I've learned anything new about the post-grad life, it probably says something that I've yet to save any particular strips for future reference. Did /sci/ learn anything from them? At the very least, they're entertaining, but are they even accurate?
Also, does anyone have the second book? The author never put Mike's thesis defence online.
Mostly accurate except for the obvious exaggerations.
I tried to read all the comics in one sitting once. Failed. It gets really boring when he starts doing his trips talking to grad-students who dumbed down their research is a step up from pop-sci, but not as interesting as reading the front page of Nature.
I'd also like to see Mike's thesis defence, I'm considering just buying the book, but I'm kind of mad that the author took grad-school spots at top schools and a tenure track job only to quit and write comics full time so I'm boycotting his book.
>t gets really boring when he starts doing his trips talking to grad-students who dumbed down their research
You mean the tales from the road thing? I'm planning to read all of them in one sitting, the text on them is too fucking small for me to bother to put in that much focus when I'm reading the other comics for procrastination purposes.
Are you even a grad student? These comics are very accurate.... well let me clarify... the comics depict experiences that many people go through in grad school, but they are not experiences that every person goes through.
For example, I know a person similar to the OP picture, but that wasn't my experience, because I didn't give a fuck to tell my adviser that I slacked off for three weeks but am going to start next weekend.
I completed a PhD in Physics. I have read all strips so far and he really hits the nail on the head. I have experienced a lot of the situations described, it is rather scary. Life as a PhD student really is crazy.
>Currently an undergrad, that's probably why I don't empathise with it.
Right. Life as a grad student is more different from life as an undergrad than I had expected.
I enjoy Existential Comics but it's on philosophy. I'd like something similar to EC on science but I've never been able to find one (xkcd is shit).
in your country Anon, it may be the highest Degree. In other countries you have other titels like Doctor of Science and Doktor of Engeneering in UK in Germany and a habilitation title in Germany. Or even Doctor of Divinity speaking of real elitists.
These are 2 different titles, since countrys have their own policy dealing with different subjects people graduated and promoted in.
Russian Candidate of Sciences is recognized as an PhD. The Doctor of Sciences is equivalent to Dr. in every country.
On the other side the US PhD wasn't recognized as Dr. in germany until 2004/2005 or something.
*insert preferable ad hominem here*
Doctor of Science still ≠ Doctor of Engineering.
In UK, US and Sweden is now the same. Other EU countrys like to differ. I think Asian countrys also differ.
My point was that you can study beyond PhD when you don't study in US/UK, have a different curriculum or graduate not individually but withhin a research group.
I'm German and i thought it goes like this:
Bachelor -> Master -> Doktor -> Professor
It doesn't matter much to me though, I'm aware I'm too dumb to ever get beyond a master's, and too poor too which is why I'll stop after my bachelor's to get a job. I don't even know how people can finance going to school for all of their twenties to get a PhD. Are you all rich or something?
Profesor is not an academic degree.
A lot of people without a title teach more recent subjects.
Master is btw equivalent to Diploma, which qualifies you for specific works, but not for own independent scientific research.
Most people promote after Master mostly because they also work at their uni or a near research institute. Also because they don't tend to found a family and have no big loans. Sometimes it is really the love for the research, but these people end up with Prof.Dr.iur.Dr.rer.pol.Dr.habil.Dr...
Do they really grade rules the way they describe in pic? wtf
In the UK, PhD is the highest degree with equivalent degrees like EngD.
EngDs were introduced to mean exactly the same thing as a PhD, but with a sponsor from an engineering firm which makes the degree take as long as 5 years while being done part-time.
EngD are typically oriented towards non-academic roles with a focus on research.
EngD in recent times has been superseded by a program called AEngD.
At the end of a PhD and an EngD you will end up with a degree of Doctor of Philosophy/Engineering, respectively.
The title remains Dr. for both degrees.
you know back in the day before serial binging, and societality accepted mental illness having someone read 1000 issues of anything would have forced that person to acknowledge it
these days plebs don't even acknowledge their lack of self control...