Appendix B. “Watch That Hubris!”

When I'd dodged real work (so I could spend more time cycling, actually!) for as long as I could muster, and finished my Ph.D., I went to work in “the real world.” At the time, I can remember being confounded by potential employers who were neither particularly impressed with my list of qualifications, nor noticeably keen to offer the levels of remuneration—that's “compensation” to my friends in the United States—that my ego had in mind.[1] The problem seemed to be a lack of what they called “experience.” I was dumbfounded at the shortsightedness, and railed against all the injustices for several weeks of job hunting. Why can't they just see I'm so damn clever, and give me lots of money?

Of course, these years of ...

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