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Taboo Literature

Ambitious students that usually have best grades in their class prefer to make a career not in practical branch of their field but in theoretical, continuing the research of their professors and famous academicians, whose manuals guided future scholars through their college years. The world of research is full of wonders, surprises and opportunities. Despite the high development of technology and science, there are a lot of secrets unrevealed and waiting for you to make your great discovery.

Your master thesis can be the first step on your way to gain recognition. Obsessed by the idea of bright future as a world famous recognition, students usually work on their master's thesis checking and rechecking every detail that seems not perfect. Knowing about the most common remark of advisor, students make sure that there are enough references and sources. When you want to reach something badly, all ways seem fair. But sometimes we forget about the taboo literature or source that can not be used in any case, though deep in your gutter you feel that it should be used to prove your idea. The usage of the so called taboo literature is traced in thesis writing very attentively. By "taboo literature" we mean literature that contains ideas or opinions that are proved wrong or tabooed. For example, writing your thesis you consider usage of literature, issued 30 years ago quite acceptable for it reveals an aspect of your statement plainly. Though you consider it great, your tutor may spot that some of the facts are too old and odd to use in thesis presenting an interesting aspect of present day technology.

This can be applied not only to serious research. Same thing we can observe at schools and colleges, where students are punished for expressing taboo ideas. "Mein Kampf" by Adolph Hitler quoted in any essay will grow suspicion in any teacher or tutor. Same thing is with promotional literature that does not contain any useful ides, but only promotional, not proved general statements to manipulate. To define a taboo literature, one has to consider the folkways, ideology and political situation in the country. You will not be welcome with communist ideas and opinions in the US where democracy rules. The idea of democracy will be considered as betrayal in Cuba. The conclusion is, you have to be very careful with what you chose as a reference for your presentation. Freedom of speech is a very well known law in the US, but loyalty to the idea of freedom should be present and nobody's feelings should be hurt. Taboo literature can be defined in various ways in different countries fields and situations. That's why any scientist should be aware of any situation and sense the circumstances not to get in trouble but to present the research with dignity and further success.

By: Chris Wells