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Tuesday, August 29, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

And no, this is not an autobiographical post…

Via the The Age: Star Trek’s a thesis

It’s the PhD thesis that boldly goes where no thesis has gone before. Djoymi Baker watched 700 episodes - 624 hours without ads - of Star Trek and its spin-offs, dating from 1966 to 2005, in the name of research.

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It may sound like torture for those with an aversion to William Shatner’s campy theatrics but, six years and 90,000 words on, it has earned Dr Baker a coveted chancellor’s prize for excellence at Melbourne University. And the respect of academics and Trekkies alike.Wow

–and I had to move to another continent to do my dissertation research.  Clearly, I picked the wrong field…

h/t:  Reader Ratoe via e-mail

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4 Comments

  1. I had a similar reaction to “A Place on the Corner” by Elijah Anderson — the guy just went to a bar every night for three years and wrote his dissertation on bar patrons’ social norms. Pure genius.

    Comment by Leopold Stotch — Tuesday, August 29, 2006 @ 3:41 pm

  2. Ah, yes, but I was a genius early. Every junior in my high school was required to do a term paper on a literary figure. I asked my teacher (hi, Ms. Paulk!) if I could do mine on Gary Trudeau. She allowed that I could, and I spent the semester reading Doonesbury whilst my classmates were reading Thoreau and Hemmingway and so forth. Got an “A” to boot. ‘Course, now I can barely stand to read Doonesbury, but back in high school I was sufficiently ignorant to enjoy it.

    Comment by Scott Gosnell — Tuesday, August 29, 2006 @ 4:53 pm

  3. I can just imagine you kicking yourself for not thinking of that yourself. It could certainly have a political science angle.

    Comment by Jan — Tuesday, August 29, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

  4. […] The Sultan over at Poliblog posted yesterday about a PhD candidate who did his thesis on Star Trek. 624 hours of episodes. […]

    Pingback by Pros and Cons » My High School Genius — Wednesday, August 30, 2006 @ 8:40 am

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