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    What Exactly Is A Doctorate?

    I found an interesting visual explanation of what a doctorate is today.....thought I'd share it....

    What Exactly Is a Doctorate?
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    I don't have a doctorate, but I think that his graphical representation is a pretty good analogy! It makes sense to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbrent View Post
    I don't have a doctorate, but I think that his graphical representation is a pretty good analogy! It makes sense to me!

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    Makes you realize how insignificant a PhD really is. Subjectively it's a big deal, but not such a big deal when considered in the grand scope of things.
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    Some of the responders take great liberty by inferring things not remotely suggested in the example. The drawings and explanation do not imply that this represents the only way that knowledge is either internalized or expanded. It is only meant to show a perspective relative to the topic: a doctorate.

    Some responses also make clear that many do not understand the purpose of a doctorate, or more specifically a research doctorate (PhD for purpose of my frame of reference). A PhD, by definition, must in some way produce at least a mustard seed of new knowledge - through reflection, context, analysis, discovery, etc. A lit review in a dissertation presents a view of the existing body of knowledge as it relates to the variables associated with the hypothesis (that is the large circle), and then executes a research design that expands on that body of knowledge in some, often, very small way - such that it adds to the body of knowledge (hence the very small dimply in the outer circle).

    The graphics was spot on, relative to a research based doctoral degree program. If that dimple did not exist after the completion of a research doctorate, you would not have completed successfully. I did not see any reference to this being the only way to expand human knowledge or that higher education was the only way to increase your own knowledge. The presentation was offered in a very specific context. It was a good representation of what the expected outcome of a doctoral program would be.
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    I love it! Truly it is both an inspiring and humbling graphic, or I imagine it would be if pursuing a PHD.
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    Pretty amusing.

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    I will tell you when I FINALLY get there. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulC View Post
    Some of the responders take great liberty by inferring things not remotely suggested in the example. The drawings and explanation do not imply that this represents the only way that knowledge is either internalized or expanded. It is only meant to show a perspective relative to the topic: a doctorate.

    Some responses also make clear that many do not understand the purpose of a doctorate, or more specifically a research doctorate (PhD for purpose of my frame of reference). A PhD, by definition, must in some way produce at least a mustard seed of new knowledge - through reflection, context, analysis, discovery, etc. A lit review in a dissertation presents a view of the existing body of knowledge as it relates to the variables associated with the hypothesis (that is the large circle), and then executes a research design that expands on that body of knowledge in some, often, very small way - such that it adds to the body of knowledge (hence the very small dimply in the outer circle).

    The graphics was spot on, relative to a research based doctoral degree program. If that dimple did not exist after the completion of a research doctorate, you would not have completed successfully. I did not see any reference to this being the only way to expand human knowledge or that higher education was the only way to increase your own knowledge. The presentation was offered in a very specific context. It was a good representation of what the expected outcome of a doctoral program would be.
    I'm having difficulty understanding who this post was addressed to. Were you commenting on posts that were present on a different thread? There were only two replies above yours and neither were making the assertions you mention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelOliver View Post
    Makes you realize how insignificant a PhD really is. Subjectively it's a big deal, but not such a big deal when considered in the grand scope of things.
    I dunno... breaking through the outer surface of all human knowledge seems pretty significant to me. ;)

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    Removing my snarky boundary comment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Henley View Post
    I dunno... breaking through the outer surface of all human knowledge seems pretty significant to me. ;)
    Well, when you put it that way... :)
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    Imagine the alternative...

    Imagine the alternative...
    Living in the middle ages.
    We believe mysticism and wizards.
    Most of us work in manual labor.
    Using leeches to cure illness.
    No antibiotics.
    The average lifespan is 40 years of age.
    Not enough food to feed us.
    Ahh, the good old days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelOliver View Post
    I'm having difficulty understanding who this post was addressed to. Were you commenting on posts that were present on a different thread? There were only two replies above yours and neither were making the assertions you mention.
    If you click on the link that this thread references (as shown in the first post):

    What Exactly Is a Doctorate?

    ...when you get to the bottom of the content on that page, there is a litany of comments/posts from "responders" offering their opinions on the article. My comments were a reflection to the responders comments on that article. The perspectives left by the readers are as interesting as the content of the article, itself.
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    Augh. I hate the comments, so many negative ones. We get that not every PHD pushes the bounds of human knowledge, but it's a nice way of looking at it, and many do. Above all the graphic is inspiring, a "look what you can do" but at the same time "you can do better!".
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    Quote Originally Posted by AV8R View Post
    I found an interesting visual explanation of what a doctorate is today.....thought I'd share it....

    What Exactly Is a Doctorate?
    I think its a degree...right...he he :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulC View Post
    If you click on the link that this thread references (as shown in the first post):

    What Exactly Is a Doctorate?

    ...when you get to the bottom of the content on that page, there is a litany of comments/posts from "responders" offering their opinions on the article. My comments were a reflection to the responders comments on that article. The perspectives left by the readers are as interesting as the content of the article, itself.
    Stupid question; I didn't read all the way to the bottom. Thanks, Paul.
    Last edited by SurfDoctor; 08-21-2010 at 09:01 AM.
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