By Corinne Thompson, part of The Summer Series of guest posts I think the most useful element of having a PhD (besides being able to use it in communications with banks and airlines to get them to pay attention to you) is the tendency for others to give you the benefit of the doubt. Why? … Continue reading What On Earth Did I Do a PhD For?
By Karolina Lempert, part of The Summer Series of guest posts Networking gets a bad rap. I get it – we all like to believe that we live in a fully meritocratic society, and that if we just keep our heads down and work hard, everything will work out in the end. Growing up, I … Continue reading Hard work + luck + networking
Earlier today, I saw this tweet, read the post, and was disappointed. https://twitter.com/the100ci/status/877981074394980353 Not because of the post itself - like similar posts by Simine Vazire and Daniel Lakens, it makes the (good!) point that criticism is useful, necessary, and something we should be grateful for. The reason for my disappointment was that the tweet … Continue reading CBT
I think we were walking to Aldi for some cheap crackers and cheese; for whatever reason we started talking about the colour of money. In Australia, the $5 note is pink, the $10 blue, the $20 red; the $50 is nicknamed “a pineapple” and only the $100 note is green. Bright bright green. Ivan asked … Continue reading Ghosts in the movie machine
I seem to have developed a strange habit of reading Australian books in the US. The first day I was here (this time around) I read Romulus, My Father, by Raimond Gaita; and then Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. Last year, it was The Great World, by David Malouf - and come to think of … Continue reading Australia…na?
I listened to a Very Bad Wizards podcast the other day; episode 84, which is about "stepping outside of your own perspective in ethics, science, or politics". Given such a topic, I was a bit surprised by the discussion at the start of the episode about "litmus test" books and movies; i.e. about the idea that … Continue reading On (Toothbrush) Standards
1. Emma Sky, and her book The Unravelling. I saw her speak last week (thanks to Sammi!), now she's on Q&A, and I'm reading her book. It's all so... sensible. And amazing. Stay tuned for more in depth review. 2. This blog post about "boring personality psychology", by David Funder. As a social psychologist, arch … Continue reading Some Good Things
Have you ever wanted to live forever? What about having your body (or just your brain) cryogenically preserved before you die, so that once the technology becomes available you can return to life? Whether this sounds appealing or not, I recommend you read this (long but extremely informative) post about cryonics. If you're anything like me, … Continue reading Cryonic Terror Management Theory
1. Moral relativism is not cool. I learnt this the hard way: you shouldn’t hesitate when your friend asks “but killing babies is objectively wrong, right?” “Well...” In my defence, I was thinking about the problems with moral naturalism; about the difficulties of locating “the moral good” somewhere in the natural world; about the book The … Continue reading Absolutely.
What would you do if you won the lottery? My mum asked me today. We threw around a few of the usual things - Go on a holiday! Buy a house! - before we got to the question of work. I would definitely definitely want to keep working; that is, researching. I have so so … Continue reading $1,000,000,000