Academic politics are so vicious, precisely because the snakes are so small. Notable figures such as John Foster Dulles, Philip Roth, and Doris Kearns Goodwin to name but a few have all had to defeat at least one snake in single combat. You fight the snake in the room you have reserved for your defense. The better your thesis is, the smaller the snake will be. My PhD defense was tame by comparison. As of now, though, I’m less worried about the snake and more worried my readers can follow the argument. Do I have to kill the snake?
November 24, 7: Snake-picking is not an exact science. Do I have to kill the snake? Lots of students choose to wrestle the snake. Then he threw the snake out a window.
That almost never happens. The fight generally starts after you have finished answering questions about your thesis. Some construct decoys and elaborate traps to confuse and then ensnare the snake. At University of Chicago we had snakez defeat our colleagues.
There were no snakes at my defense. One student brought a flute and played a song to lull the snake to sleep. It’s a very amusing article, but I think dhartung just won the internet.
FAQ: The “Snake Fight” Portion of Your Thesis Defense – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
The better your snaies is, the smaller the snake will be. What does it mean if I get a small snake that is also very strong? November 24, 7: The quality of your work determines which snake you will fight. There are many ways to accomplish this. So then couldn’t you just fight a snake in lieu of actually writing a thesis?
Can I use the second part to console myself about the first? Does everyone fight the same snake? She also blogs at The Hillman Blog http: My snake was very large, but also very sleepy and lacked venom. But in that case the snake would be very big. I defended my master’s thesis during a tornado.
The quality of your work determines which snake you will fight.
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“A Guide to the ‘Snake Fight’ Portion of Your PhD Dissertation” – Duly Noted
The piece was funny on it’s own but I have no knowledge of academia. I suppose a strict Freudian would have no difficulty with this part of their dissertation. I think that that is what Wittgenstein did. I take this to mean that my thesis was awesome.
Your adviser just tells the guy who picks the snakes how good your thesis dnakes. This was not true of most of my friends in other departments, however. But in that case the snake would be very big.
Wow, standards at the Ivies have really declined. This whole snake thing is just a metaphor, right?
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It may be of Asian, African, or South American origin. There are many ways to accomplish this. Although if you get a poisonous snake, it often means that there was a problem with the formatting of your bibliography I should be set then cissertation my bibliography was A HUGE and B perfect.