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一切有為法,如夢幻泡影,如露亦如電,應作如是觀。

Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge:

想向一下圓圈裡面包含人類已知的所有知識:

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By the time you finish elementary school, you know a little:

當你小學畢業時,你懂了一些些:

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By the time you finish high school, you know a bit more:

當你中學畢業時,你懂更多了:

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With a bachelor's degree, you gain a specialty:

當你大學畢業,你得到某個方面的專業知識:

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A master's degree deepens that specialty:

當你碩士畢業,你更增強了這方面的知識:

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Reading research papers takes you to the edge of human knowledge:

接著,你就由閱讀大量研究論文,使你這方面的專業已經達到人類知識的極限。

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Once you're at the boundary, you focus:

你持續專注在這邊界上:

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You push at the boundary for a few years:

你花了好幾年的功夫持續專研:

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Until one day, the boundary gives way:

直到有一天...你突破了人類知識的極限:

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And, that dent you've made is called a Ph.D.:

所謂的博士就是製造這凸痕的人:

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Of course, the world looks different to you now:

當然,這世界對你來說,有了新的面貌:

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So, don't forget the bigger picture:

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Keep pushing.

持續往前邁進吧!

Why genetics research? 為何要做基因研究?

If you zoom in on the boundary of human knowledge in the direction of genetics, there's something just outside humanity's reach:

如果你放大剛剛那個圖,你可以看到圓圈的外面,出現人類知識上的新里程碑:

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My wife and I chose to start funding these graduate students after we learned that our son has a rare, fatal genetic disorder.

在我跟我太太發現我們的兒子得了罕見且致命的遺傳疾病時,我們開始成立基金會,用來資助研究生做研究。

It may be too late for my son, but it's not too late for other children.

或許,對我兒子來說,為時已晚,但是對其他孩子來說,卻不太晚。

Even one child suffering is one child too many. The only way to end this kind of suffering is science.

有太多小孩承受這種痛苦,唯一的解決辦法就是科學。

And, the best way to do science is through graduate students.

研究生就是做科學研究最佳人選。

原文作者:Matt Might

原文文章:http://matt.might.net/articles/phd-school-in-pictures/

譯者:csie-tw

翻譯文章:http://csie-tw.blogspot.com/2009/10/bloggerrandom-post.html

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