There is this old story of the 3 wise blind guys who come to examine an elephant. They are lead up to it, and one of them gets to grab the ear, another the holds on to a tusk, and the third gets hold of the tail.
Later, they come to completely different opinions about the nature of the object under study – is it flat and flappy, thin and wriggly, or hard and pointy? And, obviously, later they spend a looong time arguing and beating each other up about their theories on what it really is like.
(Ctrl-click -> watch on vimeo, see in HD there)
I met George when he was invited to give a talk at the Dahlem Colloquium at the MPIMG in Berlin. So I am quite happy to spread the word on his recent work – “The PHD Movie” :
Like his comic strips, it’s so well observed and true, that I guess many people who have been through (or are in) this situation won’t be able to laugh about it without feeling a bit of a sting. I find it quite healthy to retain a sense of humour on his own profession in order to not start taking oneself too seriously. And most importantly you, see: you are not alone!