Game of numbers

It appears to me that, every now and then, us graduate students like to use complaints as a defensive mechanism to get through the days. Why do we love complaining so dear? Well, first and foremost, our wages are minimum compared to our peers of equivalent or even lesser qualifications. But they make sure that our taxes (publications) are collected in due time, often once or more every year. Sounds like peasants in feudalism? Why then does the entire industry of academia seem to function and move forward consistently? Because we’re very low maintenance — we rejoice just by looking at a number (our error measurement) that is smaller, no matter how marginal, than that of our our neighbors (previous authors). That is what I call ‘a game of numbers’ 😀


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