If you spend many months writing a journal article, will anyone read it? If you are lucky, yes, according to this article at Pacific-Standard.
A burgeoning field of academic study called citation analysis (it’s exactly what it sounds like) has found that this joke holds true for not just dissertations, but many academic papers. A study at the University of Indiana found that “as many as 50% of papers are never read by anyone other than their authors, referees and journal editors.” That same study concluded that “some 90% of papers that have been published in academic journals are never cited.” That is, nine out of 10 academic papers—which both often take years to research, compile, submit, and get published, and are a major component by which a scholar’s output is measured—contribute little to the academic conversation.
Are you watching the new version of “Cosmos,” hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson? Excellent work so far. You can get the episodes here, at least for awhile.
This is a good collection of advice on how to break a bad habit.
Here are the first 3 steps:
Step 1: Define the habit. What is the behavior you want to stop?
Step 2: Identify your trigger. What is the cue that sets you off? It can be subtle — a time of day, a memory, an odor, an emotion or a set routine. Ask yourself: I do this habit whenever I [fill in the blank]?
Step 3: Identify the reinforcement. What are you really getting out of this action?
This video makes the point that you might want to get your foot in the door before seeking the full measure of what you seek.
Here’s another religion cartoon I spotted on FB. Can’t quite make out the author, or I would provide full attribution.
I’ve always enjoyed these creative collections of billiards trick shots.
As reported by the U.K. Guardian, the unsustainable ways of modern societies is posing a serious threat:
A new study sponsored by Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.
Noting that warnings of ‘collapse’ are often seen to be fringe or controversial, the study attempts to make sense of compelling historical data showing that “the process of rise-and-collapse is actually a recurrent cycle found throughout history.” Cases of severe civilisational disruption due to “precipitous collapse – often lasting centuries – have been quite common.”