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Six Ways to Clean Up Science : The New Yorker

  1. Restructure the incentives in science.
  2. Encourage people to publish studies that fail, as well those that succeed.
  3. Recognize that no single study ever proves anything.
  4. Promote meta-analysis. 
  5. Create an ethical code.
  6. Give science some cops.

Slippery slope or wave of the future? Can we really compare a college education to the purchase of an entire album versus individual tracks (analogous to courses) on iTunes? I’m not so sure.

Human relationships are rich; they’re messy and demanding. We have learned the habit of cleaning them up with technology. And the move from conversation to connection is part of this. But it’s a process in which we shortchange ourselves. Worse, it seems that over time we stop caring, we forget that there is a difference.

In case you needed this today. I do.


Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.

- Steve Jobs

The pivot turn

One of the first steps I learned in my beginner jazz class when I was about seven years old was the pivot turn. If you’re standing facing the audience (or mirror, or… whatever is “front”), you take a step forward with one foot (let’s say right) and then rotate your entire body over your opposite shoulder (in this case, left).  Then once you complete the pivot, you are facing a completely different direction, and your legs have switched positions. You have done a 180. This is often used as a transition step within a combination before you set off into a more complicated series of movements. But if you pivot twice, you are exactly back where you started. I guess you can say that it’s what you do immediately after that first pivot turn that determines whether you really change course or not.

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