When you (or I, anyway) enter the process of writing a long piece, the very immersion that makes it so rewarding and entrancing is also something you resist, for you know that there you will disappear.
The turf between science and religion is — well, it’s a gray area. And it seems perfectly fine to me to treat it the way Gray did: as a region not to tread in your day job. Science was empirical, and if it wasn’t empirical, it wasn’t science. Religion was belief — a domain beyond proof. That’s why they call it faith.
A look at runners who forget suffering, writers who forget they’re stealing, mountain scenes that aren’t, and swine flu that resists Tamiflu.
Good times never seemed so good, indeed. I would never have imagined what an impossibly infectious, joyful thing that could be. It was the most incredible large-group social event I’ve ever been a part of.
I think it helps to have a sense of the history of science, which embeds in a writer or observer a sense of critical distance and an eye for large forces at work beneath the surface. Machinations in government surprise no one who has studied the history of government and politics. Likewise with science.
I must keep my nose on the not-beta, hidden-till-last-minute, writing-Not-For-FREE grindstone, where it’s getting shredded to bits — but in the meantime, wanted to pass on these worthy web distractions, worthy of full engagement if you’ve the time
The story’s opening, which tells of a parent seemingly overeager to medicate a child who didn’t need it, gives an idea of why this question is more important than we might like.
As prominent neuroscientist Jane Costello resigns in protest from the DSM-V committee, Danny Carlat says the process near meltdown:
In case you missed them (or miss them, and want to read again …)
“There’s a reason that counterinsurgency mantras include Get Off The FOB and Don’t Commute To The Fight. The greater the distance — not just physically, but also culturally — from a populace, the fewer opportunities U.S. troops have to demonstrate to that populace that U.S. actions are in their interest.”