The Perceptions about Ph.D’s

Author : Kate Sleeth

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At a seminar by Dr. Peter S. Fiske, he touched the subject of the public’s perceptions of individuals with Ph.D’s to great hilarity.  If you were to ask an average person on the street what someone with a Ph.D looks like, they would probably describe a geek; glasses, pocket protector, pockets stuffed with pens, pencils, rulers and a calculator; possibly a lab coat but more likely eccentric clothes; unruly hair.  I could continue but I am sure you have the image.  The description would be very superficial and may also include that the Ph.D is a genius.