You avoid explaining your research because it’s way too complicated

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“I’m working in genetics now and we’re trying to find deletions and mutations predictive of Russocarcinoma, it’s way too complicated to explain,” you blow off the question. This might be your one break from thinking about research the last thing you want to do is try and explain it to your parents who don’t have a strong enough math background to understand, you’d probably end up just confusing them. However, this doesn’t stop them from asking any questions.

Your uncle Robert who once upon a time worked in tech thinks he would understand, “Oh genetics are really cool, I heard that you can predict way more than that. So you’re working on the designer babies now? A lot of people think that’s wrong, but I think we need to embrace the future and I’m proud of you for enhancing the future human race!” He spits out some hot nonsense. “Also, I’ve got something weird going on with my ears, would you mind taking a look?”

This guy really doesn’t know how this stuff works does he?

Ignore the misunderstanding

Correct Robert and explain your research

Published by B McGraw

B McGraw has lived a long and successful professional life as a software developer and researcher. After completing his BS in spaghetti coding at the department of the dark arts at Cranberry Lemon in 2005 he wasted no time in getting a masters in debugging by print statement in 2008 and obtaining his PhD with research in screwing up repos on Github in 2014. That's when he could finally get paid. In 2018 B McGraw finally made the big step of defaulting on his student loans and began advancing his career by adding his name on other people's research papers after finding one grammatical mistake in the Peer Review process.

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