life in the social sciences

I’m just so terrified that my children will never be able to experience nature as it is with all the animals and diversity and plants and insects and forests and snow because this generation didn’t wake up.

i cannot stand teachers and schools that care about attendance, if you can get the grades without showing up to the class, the class is useless. If you do not need to show up to learn the material, they should just fucking give you the grade and shut up. Docking people for attendance is fucking making yourself self-important lmao when u clearly aint.

And lets be honest half the time theres a participation part of the class in say a social science class, the participation means listening to people argue about whether or not you’re human. ~wOW SO FUN AND ENLIGHTENING. u sure showed me a lesson about life chad.~

why is it that in movies girls only talk about boys when in real life my girl friends and I talk about fashion, human rights, politics, make up, art, literature, sports, buying cars, renting apartments, family problems, social networking, career aspirations, periods, child birth, university life, how our day went, religion, science, food, academics, sex changes…

literally any & everything besides boys.

I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.
—  Jon Katz 

April 15 2017: Color coding?

I think the only color coding I do is make my chemistry notebooks blue, life sciences green, social gerontology brown, and math red…

I cried for the first time in a while to study buddy because I’m scared about how much I care for him. I don’t ever want to hurt him or lose him ;__; I’m also afraid of change. Summer is coming and even though we don’t live too far, we won’t see each other as much. And we haven’t done homework together much recently because we have slightly different schedules now (mainly me with the stupid life sciences class that’s consuming my life). Studying together was like, the biggest reason we got so close, so I kinda miss it. I’m going to try to make time to do that with him but this life science class, breh,,,,



Love love love PicsArt.

Anyway, I’m pretty happy with my part time job right now and knowing that I have someone I know who’s going to the same uni as me makes me 10% less worried. I’m in this state where I’m really really excited to go to uni but at the same time I’m scared af because what if I can’t make friends, what if I can’t cope up with uni life, what if I’m better off taking social sciences, what if accountancy is not for me…. Like you know what I mean?

For my own reference I attempted to compile the most complete list of published books on speculative realism, object-oriented ontology, new materialisms, and associated work and I figured I would share it. I also include in this list works from feminist materialisms, because they are important for providing a fuller genealogy for contemporary research, and those authors that are harder to classify together but generally write on nihilism, pessimism, and eliminationism. For the moment I’ve left off Francois Laruelle, who is still very confusing to me, and accelerationist authors like Nick Land and McKenzie Wark. The tags are my own and don’t necessarily reflect how the authors self-identify.

Graham Harman – Object-Oriented Ontology

Tool Being: Heidegger and the Metaphysics of Objects (1993/2011)

Guerilla Metaphysics: Phenomenology and the Carpentry of Things (2011)

Prince of Networks: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics (2009)

Towards Speculative Realism: Essays and Lectures (2010)

Circus Philosophicus (2010)

The Prince and the Wolf: Harman and Latour at the LSE (2011)

Quentin Meillasoux: Philosophy in the Making (2011)

The Quadruple Object (2011)

Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy (2012)

Bells and Whistles: More Speculative Realism (2013)

Levi Bryant – Onticology/Machine-Oriented Ontology

The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism, Edited with Nick Snricek and Graham Harman (2011)

The Democracy of Objects (2011)

Onto-Cartography: An Ontology of Machines and Media (2014)

Timothy Morton – OOO, Ecology

Ecology Without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics (2009)

The Ecological Thought (2012)

Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (2013)

Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World (2013)

Ian Bogost – OOO, Game Studies

Alien Phenomenology, or What It’s Like to Be a Thing (2012)

Quentin Meillassoux – Speculative Materialism

After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency (2009)

The Number and The Siren: A Decipherment of Mallarme’s Coup De Des (2012)

Ray Brassier – Eliminative Materialism

Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction (2010)

Iain Hamilton Grant – Naturphilosophie

Philosophies of Nature After Schelling (2008)

Jane Bennett – Political Theory, Vitalism

Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (2009)

Reza Negarestani – Eliminative Materialism, Theory-Novel

Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials (2008)

Ben Woodard – Naturphilosphie, Nihilism, Pessimism

Slime Dynamics (2012)

On an Ungrounded Earth: Towards a New Geophilosophy (2013)

Steven Shaviro – Film Studies, Process Thought

Without Criteria: Kant, Deleuze, Whitehead, and Aesthetics (2009)

William Connolly – Political Theory, Pluralism

A World of Becoming (2012)

The Fragility of Things: Self-Organizing Processes, Neoliberal Fantasies, and Democratic Activism (2013)

Paul J. Ennis

Post-Continental Voices: Selected Interviews (2010)

Continental Realism (2011)

Adrian Johnston – Transcendental Materialism

Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism: The Outcome of Contemporary French Philosophy (2013)

Adventures in Transcendental Materialism: Dialogues with Contemporary Thinkers (2014)

John Protevi – Deleuze, Science Studies

Political Affect: Connecting the Social and the Somatic (2009)

Life, War, Earth: Deleuze and the Sciences (2013)

Eugene Thacker – Media Studies, Horror, Dark Vitalism

After Life (2010)

In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy Vol. 1 (2011)

Thomas Ligotti – Horror, Nihilism, Anti-Natalism

The Conspiracy Against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror (2012)

Diana Coole and Samantha Frost – Political Theory, New Feminist Materialisms

New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics (2012)

Stacy Alaimo – New Feminist Materialisms

Ed. Material Feminisms (2013)

Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self (2010)

Bruno Latour – Actor Network Theory

We Have Never Been Modern (2012)

Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory (2007)

An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns (2013)

Adam S. Miller - Theology

Speculative Grace: Bruno Latour and Object-Oriented Theology

Dylan Trigg – Phenomenology, Horror

The Aesthetics of Decay: Nothingness, Nostalgia, and the Absence of Reason (2006)

The Memory of Place: A Phenomenology of the Uncanny (2013)

The Thing: A Phenomenology of Horror (2014)

Tom Sparrow – Phenomenology, Horror

Levinas Unhinged (2013)

The End of Phenomenology: Metaphysics and the New Realism (2014)

Peter Gratton

Speculative Realism: Problems and Prospects (2014)

w/ Paul J. Ennis, The Meillassoux Dictionary (2014)

Tristan Garcia

Form and Object: A Treatise on Things (2014)

Elizabeth Grosz – New Material Feminisms, Deleuze

Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism (1994)

The Nick of Time: Politics, Evolution, and The Untimely (2004)

Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics, and Art (2011)

Chaos, Territory, Art: Deleuze and the Framing of the Earth (2012)

Donna Haraway – Cyborg Theory, New Feminist Materialisms

Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature

The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness (2003)

When Species Meet (2013)

Rosi Braidotti – Nomad Theory, Deleuze, New Feminist Materialisms

Transpositions: On Nomadic Ethics (2006)

Nomadic Subjects: Embodiment and Sexual Difference in Contemporary Feminist Theory (2011)

Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming (2013)

The Posthuman (2013)

Karen Barad – Agential Realism, New Feminist Materialisms

Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning (2013)

Manuel DeLanda – Deleuze, Realism, Science Studies

A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History (2000)

A New Philosophy of Society: Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity (2006)

Philosophy and Simulation: The Emergence of Synthetic Reason (2011)

Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy (2013)

Isabelle Stengers – Process Thought

Thinking with Whitehead: A Free and Wild Creation of Concepts (2011)

Cosmopolitics I (2010)

Cosmopolitics II (2011)

Rick Dolphijn and Iris van der Tuin

New Materialism: Interviews & Cartographies (2012)

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.

anonymous asked:

hi! i want to study psychology in university and i'll be visiting a few different universities this year. what do you think are things i should pay attention to?


That’s great news, here’s a list of things things to pay attention to:

  1. If you’re in the UK please make sure your degree is accredited by the BPS (British Psychological Society). This means your degree will cover a good variety of modules and also opens the door to becoming a clinical psychologist. 
  2. Have a look at the modules on offer. If you’re unsure of what you want to go into make sure there’s a good mix including; Biological Psych, Developmental Psych, Social Psych, Cognitive Psych and Clinical Psych (sometimes called Applied Psychology).
  3. If you know what you want to do, check they have modules in your specific area available e.g. criminology, pharma and neuro (these types of modules aren’t given everywhere. 
  4. Talk to existing students and ask them the following:
    1. How open are lecturers to office hours?
    2. How long did you get to complete your assignments and what are the word counts like?
    3. When are your grades given back? and have there ever been issues with this? e.g. have some lecturers taken too long to mark.
    4. What type of essay feedback is given, is it detailed? and do you find it helpful? Can you meet with lecturers to discuss marked work?
  5. Ask to see the labs that are available and whether prospective students are allowed to use them/given training in equipment. 
    1. Look up some of these; EEG (electrical activity on the scalp), GSR (skin response to stimuli), fMRI (blood oxygenation in the brain), Eye Tracking (specific pupil movements). These are physiological ways of measuring, most good psychology departments should have them.
    2. Software: EPrime and Matlab (used to run psychological experiments like Stroop tasks, ask if they have these and how available they are to students, again do you get help/training setting things up).
    3. Stats software: SPSS and Python are popular for psych in the UK (ask what the university uses and whether they give a free download to students). 
  6. You will cover statistics on a psychology degree so ask whether there is extra support available for stats? from the department/library and ask what the lectures are like. How is the module tested (exam? online test? coursework?).
  7. Is there any private study space for just the psychology/social sciences/life sciences students? Some universities have exclusive computer rooms (these usually have the relevant software on them) as well as the general libraries. 
  8. Ask the students and lecturers what dissertation/thesis topics people cover.
    1. Do they stick to questionnaires or are they allowed to set up experiments using EPrime/fMRI/EEG?
    2. Have students ever gotten their work published?
    3. How independent is the final dissertation/thesis project?
  9. Does the university offer placements? if so, where have students got places? and are they paid? how many placements are given? (In psych they’re usually not). 
  10. Ask the students and lecturers the following question:
    1. If there was one thing they could improve on the course what would it be? 

I would place emphasis on looking at/comparing the modules across universities, see what topics you like best (after all that’s the bulk of the degree). Also the standard of the psych department reflects through the experimental resources available to students e.g. EEG/fMRI. 

I hope this helps and I am so soooo sorry for going on and on!! 

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