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Re: Fastest route to Maths & Science Catchup

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Yes I have a supervisor and dept but this is my project. The thing is at this point in time I'm almost doing a high-level survey of the field and trying to figure out how a lot of different pieces fit together. But I'm missing some basics which I've been fine with from a top-down viewpoint for earlier levels but I don't feel are enough now. So for example, papers talking about gene expression, neuroscience etc which I can scan and get the gist, but I want to be able to properly scrutinise. Same point I was making in my TygerSan post. I don't doubt I could blag my way through a PhD together on my current level of knowledge .. just to get the PhD, but this is not why I'm doing it .. I really want to be able to critically evaluate and get full meaning of a ton of science which at the moment I can only get gist (of some - some, not at all!).

So as before, I got HD's in all my neuro topics and can blab away about sodium channels but I have no idea what even an ion is. Not really. Same with genetics, I can quote you stuff on methylation .. but I don't know what methylation is or double helixes etc. At this point in time I feel like a bit of a fraud .. like I'm a walking-talking example of the Turing Test.
I wouldn't recommend blagging your way through your PhD. I know many people do that and it's entirely possible but I'm glad that you've decided to do a PhD because you are actually interested in your chosen topic.

What I meant was, look up everything you don't understand and yes, that includes things like "ions" and "methylation".

I just meant that you don't need to start with a complete understanding and knowledge of everything that might be related to your topic. Most PhD students spend most of their first year just studying the literature and background knowledge. Doing a PhD (or any research) is as much about learning as it is about coming up with novel work.

There's tons I need to look up and learn every time I start a new research project and reading and learning continues throughout the course of the project.
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