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In a perfect world, education would acknowledge this and make some programming mandatory, but...
Why you should quit your IT job and get a welder's certification.
When you learn to program a computer, you acquire a superpower: the ability to make an inanimate object follow your command. If you have a vision, and you can articulate it in code, you can make it real, summon it forth on your machine.
And once you've built a few small systems that do clever tasksÃ¢Â€Â”like recognizing handwriting, or summarizing a news articleÃ¢Â€Â”then you think perhaps you could build a system that could do any task. That is, of course, the holy grail of artificial intelligence, "AI."
The fact of the matter is that, in the United States, interdisciplinary research is pretty fucking hard to come by. I refuse to spend 7 years focusing on some minutia in one field of study, so most PhD programs in the US are out for me. I would love to straddle multiple domains, fusing them together with the power of systems thinking and an open mind. There isn't PhD work in that though. If there is, please inform.EDIT: I already applied to MIT Media Lab and was not accepted. Any other programs out there that specialize in mixing disciplines?
I've got a defensive driving certificate (whatever that's worth (nothing)) and I'm certified to drive a forklift (not worth much, but still worth something).
I think your argument is too "IT-centrist" and you missed the point. The humanities, especially philosophy, aren't just skills you acquire that help you do what you do better or in a more specialized field. IT and philosophy aren't on the same level. You can't just add programming skills to "philosophy skills". Philosophy changes how you think fundamentally.
P.S. neither is better than the other, and rather than trying to be one or the other, being a Renascence man is the best route. Learn a little bit of everything, with a few areas of expertise.
From Technologist to PhilosopherWhy you should quit your technology job and get a Ph.D. in the humanities
Even if you are moved by my unguarded rhapsodizing here, no doubt you are also thinking, "How am I going to pay for this?!" You imagine, for a moment, the prospect of spending half a decade in the library, and you can't help but calculate the cost (and "opportunity cost") of this adventure.But do you really value your mortgage more than the life of the mind? What is the point of a comfortable living if you don't know what the humanities have taught us about living well? If you already have a job in the technology industry, you are already significantly more wealthy than the vast majority of our planet's population. You already have enough.
I'm preparing for an MD. I lack this dilemma.
much of the time finding the right program seems to be a matter of figuring out who the right professor(s) are (through conferences, journals, information about NSF grants, etc) and contacting them directly, and/or finding a way to arrange an introduction, then (eventually, if it seems like a good match) applying for the program at their university.
For philosophy and IT
I'm of the opinion that we should be teaching basic logic earlier, either alongside or before mathematics in elementary education. Having "Intro to Logic" as even an entry level college course is way too late to me. And logic helps with mathematics, science, and language.
The major exception is surgeons and other MDs that get all up to their elbows in human bits and pieces. Research is being done there as well (via robotics and nanotechnology), but that will be a lot harder for people to swallow.
For philosophy and ITThe key to money is anything and IT. People who can do the IT, but also understand the business or non-IT technical side of a business are in high demand in every industry.IT guy who knows lab procedures is worth way more than IT guy who only knows IT to a lab. People who specialize in just IT are replaceable unless their job and business are all directly and specifically IT.
*Is it just me, or did this thread suddenly gain a whole lot more "IT" since the last time I read it?
*Is it just me, or did this thread suddenly gain a whole lot more "IT" since the last time I read it? I found this pretty interesting. I posted this without really thinking about earning more money or having better job prospects. And in just a few posts the skills you learn in philosophy got watered down to skills like programming skills you learn and the idea got turned around. This may be a harsh or too idealistic view, but I believe studying philosophy may make you a better person (more aware, careful of what you say, thoughtful), whereas IT doesn't, may be even makes you more arrogant, because you feel like a "wizard" compared to the technically illiterate. You learn the how, not the why.
I personally would like to study AI-driven story generation.This would require researching literature for plot devices, character features, and other things that have been well studied in the past by humanities.
Do you know the folks at HASTAC? It's possible they might have interesting leads for you
Do you know the folks at HASTAC? It's possible they might have interesting leads for youThanks for the tip. My friends who've been through PhD programs said I'd be best off getting grants to do the research I want and then finding an advisor that has similar interests. I can't imagine anyone would fund such a project, but I will look into this.