life in the social sciences

I was trying to explain my political philosophy to someone, and the only words that didn’t feel wrong in my mouth were, “evidence-based ameliorist.”

I believe in whatever works to make shit better.  I believe our decisions should not be informed by lofty and distant ideas, but the concrete evidence of what works and what doesn’t.  What helps people survive? What helps them thrive? What sounds like a great idea but never works in real life?

I believe in politics informed by legitimate social sciences. Social policy informed by statistics, not scripture.  Financial policy that safeguards the future instead of being penny-wise and pound-foolish.  Political conversations based in careful examination of what’s actually being proposed, not ignorant discussions of ideals.

This isn’t some revolutionary thing I’m talking about.  This is how I’m used to cities, regions, countries, being governed.  Because good governance is more often about coalitions of evidence-based ameliorists with very different ideologies, than ideologically pure groups of people who reject anyone who believes differently than they do.

Omnipotent Anthem

This is a call to the selves
The breathless moments
The invisible neck kisses
Hearts wide open
Prepared to live and die for…

Throw your hands up in the air
Or don’t
It makes no difference to me
Don’t just preach
Don’t simply speak
Just be
If positivity, love, and justice
Are what you truly believe

You all matter
But you’re not all treated like you do
Stop blurring the lines with lies
And trying to give alternatives for facts
To make them suit you

Mother Earth is screaming
Why aren’t you listening?
Are her seashells too revealing?
Are her natural needs an inconvenience
To your business?
You won’t be living in a bubble for long
Science says it will pop soon
If nothing changes

Can you imagine the joyful noise
If for once, we were silent
And listened to understand
And used common sense
Instead of simply blasting a hateful opinion
And being done with it
Content and complacent with ignorance

Equality, happiness, and compassion
Are my aesthetic
You’re right about that part
But quit misinterpreting it
You’re ruining it

The strangest thing I’ve probably seen here at NASA is the extensive collection of banana PLU code stickers (the stickers you have to take off the peel) plastered on the stairs in one of the stairwells.

No one has attempted to remove the multitudinous stickers that are plastered on top of each other, as they spread out across that part of the stair. It’s random as heck and I have to wonder who’s responsible.

Are they still adding stickers?

Does building management know and they’ve decided its Art?

Who knows, but in my opinion its a nice surrealist art exhibit.

onlyanotherfriki  asked:

I confess that I have serious problem with justify my interest in japanese popular culture in my academic life without telling them: "Because I'm a fucking weeaboo" (I'm styding Social Sciences and I'm doing research about these subject)

If anime made you like Japan stuff then who cares

its the “Omg kawaii! Desu-nya~ Watashi wa love Saskue-kun <3″ type people that everyone hates

[⚡Fastest Man Alive⚡]

Pairing(s): Leonard Snart x Barry Allen x Mick Rory

Barry had lost last nights arguement when the two had outvoted him where they’d take him out today. Honestly hed been a little surprised at them both wanting to take him out somewhere.

They wouldnt tell him where they were going, just asked him to get dressed. The young speedster showered and got dressed in jeans, red and yellow sneakers (courtesy of Cisco), and pulled on his nerdy black hoodie that read: -My Social Life Consists of Netflix & Science.- Theyd blindfolded him with a black bandana and drove to the mysterious location, which turned out to be a local carnival, which only made him chuckle.

He ended up grabbing something to eat when they got there, walking between the pair.

Before Lecture: When you are given hundreds of pages of reading a week, it can become difficult to thoroughly review everything. With that being said, it is still necessary to skim all of your readings (at the very least). If you are assigned journal articles on Canvas, print them out, skim the readings, then identify and highlight the main points. Use Google Docs to compile short summaries of all the readings you are assigned. This will save your life on social science exams that require you to reference the central arguments of a variety of scholars!

During Lecture: Put the date and title of each lecture on the top of your first page of notes. As you are listening to the lectures, write any questions you have in the margins of the pages. Remember to actually ask these questions in recitation or during office hours with either your professor or TA (teaching assistant). Highlight and star any points your professor emphasizes. 

After Lecture: Making study guides is the key to succeeding in your classes. This is applicable to high school and college. My medium of choice is Google Sheets (Excel), but you could definitely do this in a notebook or in Google Docs. 

Things to include in your notes/study guide:

  • Summaries of textbook and Canvas readings (be sure to include authors and title for each entry)
  • IDs (aka identifications or vocabulary…basically these are the types of things you would probably put on notecards)
  • Relevant time lines/maps
  • Possible exam questions/explanation of themes/concepts 
  • expectations for being a science student: rigorous studying, no social life, dying in classes, nerds
  • reality for being a science student: rigorous studying, no social life, dying in classes, nerds, everyone (even profs) relates everything to Sciencebros, Star Trek, Sherlock and Star Wars
Life of an ISTP

Something that I do (not everyone) : 

- Completely oblivious to the situation around, whether it be of people or simply of the view i.e. not noticing a friend’s new haircut until the next week

- Oblivion causes ISTP to say offensive and rude things without meaning to

- Without natural interest or passion, ISTP simply does not have the ability to pay attention to it. This applies to grades, activities, social life, and just about anything. 

- Generally more interested in mathematics, sciences, etc. As for me I absolutely detest literature, history, and languages. Not only am I bad at it, I hate it. 

- Extreme laziness unless it shows an immediate and great result.

- Stressful under situations that forces the ISTP to talk and socialize. i.e. public speaking, parties. 


Science Becomes Art: Dance Your Ph.D. Thesis!

Modern dance isn’t typically known for exploring subjects like chemical signaling and defense in brown algal kelps. Avant-garde dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham wasn’t known for developing statistical tools for biomedical research. 

But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done, and a crop of Ph.D. students and recent graduates is showing how. Just before the holiday last week, Science magazine announced the winners of its eighth annual Dance Your Ph.D. thesis competition. Contestants from the social, physical and life sciences interpreted highly complex concepts through movement, drawing on elements from tango, interpretive dance, hip-hop and other styles.

This year’s winner among 31 entries was Florence Metz, a Ph.D. student at the University of Bern in Switzerland, who took home $1,000 for a dance about her thesis on water policy. Her achievement represents the first time a social scientist has won the overall competition. See the other winners and videos of their dances below.

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