I totally want to do a PhD.
This is how I describe it in one of my novels:
My thesis, as might be expected, is ground-breaking. It focuses on the natural and machine-level language aspects of human and non-human communication between the disparate elements of the developmental, operational and transformational teams involved in astronautics and how these might facilitate exponential synergistic effects in an evolution-based synthesis of closed and open systems of innovation. In other words, it is total bull-crap.
Of course I’ve moved on from that.
My latest idea is to investigate the differences between English speakers who primarily use romance words (evolved from Vulgar Latin) in their verbal and written utterances and those who use primarily Germanic words (evolved from Proto-Germanic) in terms of how it affects, if it does, their mental proclivities. In other words: are people who use one modality rather than the other smarter, happier, more prone to producing works of genius, higher achievers? And where lies the advantage?
I’d first have to categorise each English word into Germanic or romantic. Then I’d have to devise a mechanism to apply this categorisation to texts produced by a population. Ideally, the texts chosen should have been produced by people who have already been adjudged to be successful, or not, in various fields of endeavour. In that way I’ll be able to work out whether use of language is correlated with various kinds of success (or genius or mental health) and whether the difference is statistically significant and whether causal paths can be derived.
I think a project like this would add to the corpus of knowledge we possess so it’s definitely worth doing.
Alternatively, I could just do the project myself and then write a bestselling book about it. I’ve had some thoughts about where to study and I reckon Seattle or British Columbia, basically because the climate there is similar to that here in England. I’m open to suggestions, though.
So, yeah, that’s what I’ve been thinking about today: my PhD.