A doctoral student at the University of Minnesota crunched the numbers and put together this great little chart showing how long PhD dissertations are in various fields.
Two things. First, Bible and theology dissertations would almost certainly be near the top of the chart if they were included. Second, if student ever hands me a 500-page dissertation, I’m handing it back. And third, this is one of the most impressive examples of productive procrastination I’ve ever seen. The student putting this together openly admitted that this was done almost entirely to avoid working on their dissertation. And it looks like the mission was accomplished. Nicely done.
I am, of course, modeling productive procrastination myself by blogging about productive procrastination when I’m supposed to be working on my book.
Read the whole post if you’d like to hear more about how the data was gathered and compiled.