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comment Why do people say you shouldn't do a PhD unless you want a career in research?
"Generally people are either good at research OR good at teaching. You cannot do both.". That is just nonsense. You might not choose to do both, but there's no reason you can't be good at both, and in fact teaching helps immensely with achieving clarity about your field, which in turns helps your research. While anecdotal evidence is not indicative, I was able to turn a single lecture on a new topic into two papers because I really had to understand the material well to teach it, and that let me see how it could be used for my work. And I've heard numerous talks to this effect.
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comment Is it offensive to ask my PhD advisor for permission to record our research/technical discussions?
Jumping in late: "it offers no true benefits than pen and paper " - seriously ? I have students photograph my whiteboard as a matter of course, and I'd really be happier if they record our discussions, so they wouldn't keep forgetting things I say :). Some people are very visual/aural and can't take notes on the fly. If they can record and take notes at leisure that's a major benefit over pen and paper.
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