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Should I Do My PhD In The Open?

“Whenever a work’s structure is intentionally one of its own themes, another of its themes is art.” ~Annie Dillard

My axe became stuck attempting to split this wood by myself.


It was a warm afternoon in┬áParadies – the park in Jena, Thuringia – exuberant children were pretending to be snakes and crocodiles, and I was attempting to understand what I wanted to pretend to be. My current thought was that a PhD in the computer science / information science realm with a focus on Free Culture was a path forwards as I explained to my mentor Daniel Mietchen. Neither persuaded nor unconvinced he socratically proposed, like the Free Open Culture advocate that he is, to open the problem up.… Read the rest