Doing a PhD makes you feel stupid, and you're supposed to like that

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If anyone is curious to know more about what doing a PhD is like, you might like to read this little article in the Journal of Cell Science.

“One of the beautiful things about science is that it allows us to bumble along, getting it wrong time after time, and feel perfectly fine as long as we learn something each time. No doubt, this can be difficult for students who are accustomed to getting the answers right. No doubt, reasonable levels of confidence and emotional resilience help, but I think scientific education might do more to ease what is a very big transition: from learning what other people once discovered to making your own discoveries. The more comfortable we become with being stupid, the deeper we will wade into the unknown and the more likely we are to make big
discoveries.”

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One response »

  1. I loved the article. Next time I feel stupid about anything, not just science, I’ll remind myself that I’m on the verge of discovering something interesting.

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