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Science and the Myth of Solitude

I’ve been meaning to get to this post about Albert Alfred Hitchcock and the auteur myth by Jonah Lehrer. He writes: I certainly don’t meant to disparage the genius of Hitchcock or Steve Jobs or to defend uninspired data driven design. But it’s also important to remember that nobody creates Vertigo or the iPad by…

Boeing and the Myth of Beneficial Outsourcing

One of the justifications for outsourcing (firing productive U.S. workers and shipping the jobs overseas) is that it will lower costs. Then there’s reality, in which firing productive U.S. workers and shipping the jobs overseas actually costs more. Consider this from the CEO of Boeing about their new plane, the 787: One bracing lesson that…

Unemployment-Related Snarky Quote of the Day

Dean Baker wins the internet today. The set up: The Wall Street Journal ran a piece on how some companies are unable to fill positions even when more than 14 million workers are unemployed…. All the people used as sources for the article complained that they were unable to find qualified workers. For example, Josh…

I can’t figure it, myself. By way of driftglass, we come across this report indicating massive employee dissatisfaction: Workers can’t wait to dump their employers: 84 percent of respondents to a survey say they plan to actively look for a new job this year. That’s up from 60 percent who said they planned to do…

Education ‘reformers’ constantly talk about how schools need to be run more like businesses. Now, like Comrade PhysioProf, I do think good management is important. But what does good management have to do with business? So asks David Carr (italics mine): On Wall Street and on Silicon Valley office campuses, in hedge fund boardrooms and…

Is Science a Job or a Calling?

You might have, by now, seen that obnoxious article by Scott Kern bemoaning the sorry state of the cancer research facility at which he works. Apparently, the building is nearly empty on weekends, so people aren’t working hard enough, and thereby killing cancer patients. Rebecca sums up the tone of the article: There have been…

Out-of-Office Reply Is a Good Thing

Despite what Tyler Brûlé writes at The Financial Times. Brûlé writes: When an e-mail bounces back with: “I’m travelling on business in New York (or Rome, Taipei, São Paulo …) and will have limited access to e-mail,” such messages usually pose the following questions: is this individual employed by a company that can’t afford BlackBerrys…

One of the things that never ceases to amaze me is that our entire political class (both politicians and the mandarin hangers-on) still does not comprehend that the balance of accounts must sum to zero. That is, aggregate savings (all the stuff private entities, from corporations to individuals to non-profits, own) require government deficits (one…

Happy Evacuation Day!

And Evacuation Day, which truly is a silly holiday, is a wonderful way to allow everybody to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day without violating all that church and state stuff. One unique Massachusetts tradition is that, on this day, some tightwad state representative rails against how much Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day cost the state.…

On Work and Time in Science

Dr. Mom raises an interesting point about the amount of time she spends working as a scientist: I work about 40 hours a week every week. I rarely work at home. It seems like most of my colleagues (women and men) work crazy 10, 12+ hour days. Often you hear people comparing the academic version…