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Exit Through the Book Shop

Minimally competent scholars and self-identity

I was talking to F. yesterday on why do we do what we do. The typical PhD angst, I guess - but it needs its space and time, to exercise itself, take form and become something manageable, and not something that suffocates. F. is a clear thinker. I mean, in a convoluted way I sometimes don't understand, but that's me I think. So I think . . .

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July 31, 2016

Did you ever smell the Moon?

Or how lectures sometimes take you to strange places

Last week I was attending a course on cultural history in Amsterdam. It was early in the morning, raining, and I barely made my train in Utrecht. I was in a foul mood. The simmering kind of foul mood, not the one that lashes at things, but the drowsy discontent that usually results in disinterest. I finally made it to the lecture hall and sat . . .

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April 13, 2016

When I heard the learn'd psychologist

A psychotherapist's philosophy of science

There is this book by Abraham Maslow that has been sitting on my reading list for two years now. I remember I started reading it when I was writing my PhD proposal. I lightly skimmed it, the fervent kind of reading of a not-so-well-read mind thinking grand thoughts (two years later, the mind is mostly the same, the thoughts not so much). I . . .

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March 12, 2016

Kad hrvatska javnost raspravlja o znanosti

Indeksovske doksografije Šustarove filozofije

Već neko vrijeme pokušavam artikulirati frustracije zbog stanja javne rasprave u Hrvatskoj. Predsjednica nam draga već valjda od inauguracije govori kako smo stravično polarizirani kao društvo. Više ne iskače Kosorica iz paštete, nego krezubi ustaše i udbaši koji nam hoće popiti krv. Kosorica, barem svojim tvitovima, postala je glas razuma. . . .

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February 16, 2016

Railroading history into Big Data

Last year I attended a lecture by Bruno Latour, here in Utrecht. At the time, J. started reading The History Manifesto, so I joined that too. Those two meshed into the usual incoherent mess of thoughts craving for structure. I was also invited to write a commentary for a pretty cool academic journal on the Manifesto, and much of the thoughts . . .

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February 08, 2016

Replication blues

The study we've all been waiting for and now what?

A group of researchers gathered around Brian Nosek and the Center for Open Science in Virginia have published a large replication study of psychological research from three journals last week. The negotiations over the interpretation of the results have started even before the virtual ink has dried on the article - heck, it even started . . .

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September 03, 2015

Ten-dollar words

It sounds like an academic, it looks like an academic, it smells like an academic...what is it?

I love my ten-dollar words. Since I can remember I had a problem of register. Another ten-dollar word, right there. Register. Register is what linguists call the mix of syntax, vocabulary, and pronunciation - the mix you adapt depending on the purpose of what you're saying, to whom you're saying it, and where. You don't speak in . . .

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April 16, 2015

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