February 15, 2013

Are Scientists Normal People?

Steve Caplan, The Guardian

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Scientists are different from other people. For example, a recent American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology survey of young scientists showed the top factor for choosing a career in science is "freedom to pursue my intellectual interests". Only on moving down the list to No 4 and No 5 is there more typical job-related concerns, such as "job availability/security" and "pay/benefits".

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October 25, 2013
Why Academics Quit the Cult-Like Ivory Tower
Rebecca Schuman, Slate
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The Involuntary PhD
Monika Maleszewska, Nature
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