Would simply thinking better of someone make them so?

Having just finished a few works of Jonathan Haidt and Stephen Pinker, I am left with recurring question: “what parts of our culture and society might operate as self-fulfilling prophesies?” Even more directly, might otherwise “bad” people operate differently if we assumed what Haidt and Louikianoff call the “principle of charitability?” Under the principle of… Continue reading Would simply thinking better of someone make them so?

Seneca at the photocopier: Practicing stoicism as an graduate intern

Jack Worthy punches the elevator call button as a steaming cup of Folgers sloshes onto his naked wrist. His punishment for lateness is compounded by his perception of today's upcoming duties. As he sidles to the back corner of the elevator pod, he turns to scan the announcement board. He remains turned with each floor… Continue reading Seneca at the photocopier: Practicing stoicism as an graduate intern

STEM Grad School Bootcamp: Week 2

This will be part 2 of 4 in a weekly series focused on preparing for graduate school in STEM if you come from a humanities based undergrad or other graduate experience. Please make sure to follow my blog to get the latest update to the series. Now that we have established our ideological framework for… Continue reading STEM Grad School Bootcamp: Week 2

Dangerous Ideas: Should you miss the max number of classes?

Credit: Austrian National Library It is a feeling familiar to any student: You sit through lecture for an approximate eternity, pondering the infinite other ways to spend your time. Maybe you are not one to miss, let alone skip, classes that may cost hundreds of dollars per lecture. Maybe you really want to do well… Continue reading Dangerous Ideas: Should you miss the max number of classes?

Special Topics: Reading Scientific Manuscripts

Photo by Roman Mager on Unsplash “It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong.”  - Richard Fenyman Like it or not, publishing a scientific article remains the primary productivity metric for academic researchers. "Publish or perish" is no joke (and the name of… Continue reading Special Topics: Reading Scientific Manuscripts