Doing a thesis

This page contains some analogies and images which it seems to me shed some light on what it is like to write a phd thesis. WARNING: you may find some of these revolting, or disgusting. Nevertheless they seem to me accurate. I live in the city of Irwin Welsh, author of Filth and Trainspotting.

Of course, you have to be insane. Many people are insane however without feeling compelled to write phd theses. What extra thing is it which is responsible for this particular form of madness? Maybe it is a kind of absurdity; but maybe it is a kind of moral degeneracy, of abandoning oneself to the seductions of Beelzebub.

Peter Hancock
Last modified: Wed Nov 10 12:03:36 GMT 1999