Category Archives: I didn’t mean to write this it just happened

Something made me angry and before I knew it I had written a thing.

Why I cheerlead for science even though sometimes I think it hates me

This morning, a friend and I were discussing writing letters of recommendation for our students and assistants. We both have a love/hate relationship with science, and it’s the hate part that makes us reluctant to endorse it as a career … Continue reading

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Have you checked out the Weather Channel lately?

It’s basically Sharknado out there. Every. Damn. Day. Guys, I just wanted to know if it was going to rain today. Knock it off already. Stick to weather. You’re making me afraid to go outside. And you’re making us all … Continue reading

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How to appeal to science denialists with raw work ethic

Two scientists are racing For the cure of all mankind Both of them side by side So determined Locked in heated battle For the cure that is their prize But it’s so dangerous But they’re determined Theirs is to win … Continue reading

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Yes and no: on science and the humanities

I just wanted to weigh in on this a little bit. I think it gets a lot right, but a couple things wrong. I’m very sympathetic to anyone championing the humanities, because in the face of rampant STEM-fetishizing, wonder-killing, capitalistic … Continue reading

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Fake it ’til you make what, exactly?

So I hear women have a confidence problem. Claire Shipman & Katty Kay, authors of the 2009 book Womenomics, claim that (at least part of) what’s holding women back is their lack of confidence. Tracy Moore and Jessica Valenti posted … Continue reading

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Hot cup of morning blurgh.

I love Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings. But this morning I had to check the calendar to make sure April 1st hadn’t come early this year. This review of Leonard Shlain’s The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image … Continue reading

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Mandatory confessionals upon receipt of tenure.

Something just made my eyes fall out of my head (which could also just be a side effect of all the pseudoephedrine and zinc currently oozing out my gills). It is this piece, which begins: In August, it will be … Continue reading

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