Future Thinking, I

Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! For the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams
So various, so beautiful, so new –

Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain –

And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight
Where ignorant armies clash by night.

– Matthew Arnold

So… yeah. That’s a bit how I felt Wednesday morning. But I’m sure it’ll all be fine in time, so let’s just move right along.

I’ve been wanting to write this post since Susan Fiske’s Observer article. In it, like in the much-circulated draft, she does not mention any names; she leaves it up to our imagination who the “self-appointed data police” or “alleged bullies” might be. This “dangerous minority” is one of the reasons why Fiske takes a dim view of social media.

In response, I want to highlight the work of a different small group of people, a group of people whose names should be mentioned; they are the people who give social media its good name and make me happy to log in every morning.

In no particular order, therefore, here are some fantastic female ECR  writers I follow – enjoy!

The CogTales writers, Sho and Christina, are awesome. I especially like their interview with Anne Scheel, who asked Fiske about methodological terrorism at a recent conference. (I don’t know if Anne has a blog, but you can follow her on twitter!)

Anna Leshinskaya has recently set up a Neuwrite Philadelphia – if you are in the area and interested in science writing, check it out!

Xenia Schmalz writes a great blog which I started following because of her take on the crisis in psychology, and her willingness to share her experiences. I also have this weird feeling that I’ve met her – in some previous (undergrad?) life, when I studied linguistics and attended EPC.

I don’t know if Ivuoma Onyeador has a blog, but she does have an amazing podcast called the get.

And… that’s all for now! I’m sure I’ve missed some though (sorry!) so please add in the comments, or tweet at me. 🙂


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