"Tuesday, February 28, 2006
What does it mean to be a scientist? The halo around a "Ph.D" implies that one has thought deeply about issues..relevant to the degree. But when I reflect on my life- i spend most of my time just getting experiments to work, generating data for a paper, writing the thesis. Once in a while, a paper/seminar inspires some creative thinking. But for most part it is trouble-shooting those teeny-tiny details of an experiment, just to make it work and move forth. Where is the philosphy of science? What is it?
I need to add value to my life, if I want to feel like a real Doctor of the Philosophy of my science at the end of it"
Heppy Budday to yoooo dear blog!!! When I go through my archives, I think sometimes I like my older posts more than the recent drivel I have been writing. The older ones were more self-contained. Whether you like it or not, and even if you don't intend to, blogging eventually turns out to be writing for an audience in some sense. So you start explaining things you wouldn't if you were just writing for yourself and not responding to comments. I think that takes away some of the spontaneity and rawness in the posts. That said, I have totally enjoyed the interactions in the comments spaces, the support, sympathies and wisecracks of readers through this journey. Especially through the days of writing and submitting the dissertation and finally defending. I am certainly glad I documented the process in all that gory detail, it reminds me of how badly I once wanted to be where I am now.
Ah. So this certainly calls for celebrations. Cake and chips and drinks on the house. No smearing of cake business here, vun tite slap you will get if you even try. :@