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June 26, 2010


You know, I think the "looking for the next thing" is a huge side effect of academia. I mean, if you do a Ph.D., you spend multiple years doing something knowing that you will finish it and move on to something new (something you've been training for, admittedly, but still different and new). And then when you get wherever that is, if it's a t-t job, you have to work towards tenure, and while for a lot of people that ends up being more of the same, for some people that ends up being something else different. So it can be hard to imagine not always moving towards something else!

(Granted, people in general are much less likely to stay at the same job for 30 years, these days, so it's not *just* academia. And some people are more inclined to change anyway. But I think academia may train us that way?)

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