Praxis No. 6
I received very few submissions for this edition of the Praxis blog carnival. Actually, I don’t want to sugar coat it by saying there were “very few”…there was actually only one post submission by Dr. Shock. Another reader submitted his entire blog URL, but that doesn’t really count because blog carnivals are collections of individual posts (regardless, I went to his site to find an article, and one of his posts appears below). The whole experience was sad, actually. I contacted Martin (at The Lay Scientist), who started Praxis, to tell him about the dearth of article submissions. He assured me that this happens often with new blog carnivals, and the best thing that I could do to keep Praxis going was to hunt down a few articles myself. It wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I decided to host, but you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes, right?
The theme for my edition was inspired by the chorus of the song, “Ooh La La,” by The Faces and Rod Stewart. If you’re not familiar with the song, the chorus lyrics are: “I wish that I knew what I know now / When I was younger. / I wish that I knew what I know now / When I was stronger.” So, on my hunt for articles, I looked for posts that would actually teach a graduate student, young scientist or academic a few things that they may not know at this specific time in their lives or careers.
Dr. Shock - You can learn something new everyday on this blog…but how about one thing that I wish I knew when I was younger? Maybe just how freakin’ good chocolate is for your health! I would have ate so much more. Anyone have any Chunky bars?
A Blog Around The Clock – A post about the interplay of politics, money and the power of the people. It’s called, “Who Has Power?” Now, tell me you didn’t wish you knew the answer to that when you were younger (and when you were stronger).
Incoherent Mimicry – Mi teaches us that we should let loose every once in awhile. She shares some interesting studies that show having a healthy social life may actually be beneficial to our health. Perhaps this post will inspire some people to put their work aside on a Friday or Saturday night to spend some time with friends.
Comrade PhysioProf – A short post reminding us not to believe everything we read or hear in the media…more specifically, that any analogy between newspapers and universities in their quest for facts and truth is…well…how should I put it? F-ing ridiculous.
The Mad Scientist – I would bet most scientists would learn more from this post than from a whole month’s worth of Nature journals. This medical student blogger says she wishes she knew how to dance when she was 15. Now that she’s older (24…she’s really getting up there), she’s sharing with us just exactly how to bust a move on the dance floor. I don’t know about you, but I’m bookmarking this one…I mean, how many scientists do you know who don’t look like complete tools on the dance floor (if they even get out on the dance floor)?
Leeat Granek, Ph.D. – A touching article about the true meaning of love by Dr. Granek at The Huffington Post entitled, “Everything I Know About Love I Learned From My Parents.” A beautiful lesson in love that you’re never too old to learn.
Acadamnit - Gives prospective grad students (or one in particular) a few pointers on applying to graduate programs.
Medaholic – (For the medical students out there) Shows us that “Studying Can Be Fun”–what? Did I read that right?
Lastly, Dan at DailyMeds has a list of important things to take the time to do this year. I say it’s not just a list, but timeless advice–words of wisdom–for the young and the old.
Next edition of Praxis will be up at the home of its founder at The Lay Scientist on March 15.