Frivolous PhDs spark serious deliberation

Now here's something to get steamed up about.
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Frivolous PhDs spark serious deliberation

Post by Librarian » Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:03 pm

i have to agree, some of these are frivolous:
Frivolous PhDs spark serious deliberation
8th September 2008, 6:00 WST

PhDs in armpits, witchcraft, 1950s kitchens and Harry Potter are among the quirky research projects at WA universities that have sparked controversy over how taxpayers are funding doctoral study.
http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx? ... ntID=96627
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Post by Willow » Tue Sep 09, 2008 6:17 am

In defense of these people, you can't get government funding unless you research something "new" that has never been done before, so you have to find crazy angles.

The truth is that there was a women in my department who researched "Bathtub shrines" and her work was always called useless.

But there is always a whole lot of extra philosophy that goes into a project like that too. Stuff that the public never hears about (as I learned being interviewed for a newspaper). They only publish the bits they think people will find interesting or outrageous (fortunately my angle was interesting).
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