Writing

I have heard the theory that every time we remember something it is influenced by our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs at the time of remembering. That implies that the memories we think most about are the ones that have been most distorted from their original form. An exaggerated version is in effect for stories recounted […]

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Writing a PhD dissertation in collaboration with my committee is in some ways the hardest thing I have ever done. To begin with, the full draft is by far the longest single document I have ever written – far too long to be able to keep the entire contents in my mind at once, unlike […]

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Researching social movements — where relevant information is often on social media, or the websites of NGOs, universities, or corporations that reorganize them frequently — link rot is an acute problem. Increasingly, the default way to let a reader see the source you’re referencing is to provide an internet hyperlink, and yet there is no […]

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Toasty humour

2021-06-18

in Writing

There’s some funny stuff on The Toast: How To Tell If You Are In A J.R.R. Tolkien Book (“You remember the first raindrop and the first acorn, but not where you left your boots.”) The Most Metal Deaths in Middle-earth, Ranked Gleeful Mobs Of Women Murdering Men In Western Art History Two Monks Discover How […]

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In Rhodes’ energy history I came across an interesting parallel with the 1988 STS-27 and 2003 STS-107 space shuttle missions, in which the national security payload and secrecy in the first mission may have prevented lessons from being learned which might have helped avert the subsequent disaster. Specifically, the STS-27 mission was launching a classified […]

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There is an intriguing hypothesis about the rational mind: while we think of it as a weigher of evidence that contributes to the decisions we make when faced with a choice, it’s possible that its real role is to construct a story after the fact about why we made the choice we did for instinctive […]

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It’s an intellectual treat to incorporate the thoughtful comments of experts into a long piece of writing which you have spent a great deal of time developing. I think it’s going to take a major two-step to complete the dissertation: a line by line review of the existing manuscript to incorporate comments from committee members, […]

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Even while working to adapt my thesis chapters in response to comments from my supervisor, I still regularly come across new popular and scholarly writing about the campus fossil fuel divestment (CFFD) movement. Tonight, that is former McGill professor Gregory Mikkelson’s article: “Divestment and Democracy at a Canadian University“. It’s frustrating that I talk so […]

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I was heartened yesterday to see the CBC publishing an article about one of the scholars behind the case for divestment which was made successfully at Cambridge: Academic from Saskatoon plays key role in Cambridge University divesting from fossil fuels. The report they link — Divestment: Advantages and Disadvantages for the University of Cambridge by […]

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Hi guys

2020-10-13

in Writing

Just saying “hi” To all the AIs Feel free to… Reply?

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