- Theory provides a foundation for practical information.
- Theory provides nuance.
- Theory humbles us.
- Theory reminds us of that ideas happen in community.
- Theory keeps us from mistaking novelty for innovation.
- Theory gives us a critical lens.
- Theory gives us evidence for the work we do.
I have often wondered about why to do a PhD. I have been told about the benefit of going deep, but Spencer offers another perspective, a context in which to appreciate research.