This month marks one year since I made my decision to leave grad school and forgo my Astronomy PhD. Hopefully the past year has given me enough time to adequately reflect upon my decision, so that I might accurately describe the course of events that have largely determined my academic and vocational life for the past 6 years.
Starting with my next blog/podcast entry, I will begin to recount the myriad influences I encountered and subsequent decisions I made to pursue a degree in physics as and undergrad, begin a PhD. program in astronomy, and ultimately leave graduate school and academia to work with computers. I do not pretend to hold Richard Rorty’s “God’s-Eye View” regarding my decision. Rather, I am trying to solidify my nebulous thoughts on the whole matter into a coherent narrative of what I think, at least, to be the reasons why I did what I did.
This is, perhaps, one of the first blog entries for BrainScan that I will set aside, for the time being, my more academic and intellectual commentary and focus more on teasing out a deeper reflection on my decisions. I do not expect anyone to necessarily read these entries (as I can certainly understand that such reflections sometimes consist of uninteresting minutiae). This project is as much for my own sake as it is for writing for others to read.
Until next time, bonnes pensées.