Whereas I am still only an amateur scientist — a factor of that accident that also took my eyesight — I found this discussion quite interesting and applicable to many segments of academia.
Computational theoretical chemistry is amazing, but it is a career dead-end. Today, hordes of grad students are in the field doing technical work with little scientific innovation. They will earn a doctor title and then move to a completely different field. The system needs them to keep up to the high-production demands, but is it fair? Maybe the future of CompChem is in outsourcing.
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