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Agnew, Neil McK. Pyke, Sandra W. . . . perhaps the most deceptive myth of all is that the Ph.D. represents the last hurdle in some kind of knowledge race. A student who has just cleared the jump should enjoy this illusion while it lasts. The science game now shifts to a new ground with new rules. Your rating first depends on getting some articles out; then, once you’ve demonstrated that you can publish, your rating depends on whether you are publishing in respectable journals; then your rating depends on whether you have a good book out; and then. . .