Michael Weber: Random Bits and Pieces

Thesis Avoidance

2005-09-12 :: /science

How to do Research At the MIT AI Lab contains some well-meant advice:

There is a well-understood phenomenon known as thesis avoidance, whereby you suddenly find fixing obscure bugs in an obsolete operating system to be utterly fascinating and of paramount importance. This is invariably a semiconscious way of getting out of working on one's thesis. Be aware that's what you are doing. (This document is itself an example of thesis avoidance on the part of its authors.)