1. memeguy-com:

    These two books contain the sum total of all human knowledge

    (via maybenotboring)

     

  2. Scheme provides a primitive called list to help in time of temptation

    (Source: kingjamesprogramming)

     

  3. omgcheckplease:

    I don’t care about hockey but I really like this webcomic about hockey.

     
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  5. "The final substantive chapter takes up ‘Radical Reflexivity and the Science Wars’. It begins with an examination of the ‘discourse analysis’ advocated by Michael Mulkay and Nigel Gilbert, who argued from the assumed impossibility of determining why scientists come to any beliefs to the conclusion that one can at most analyze their actual discourse. The response from many quarters, such as Steven Shapin, was to reject the premise. Explaining how or why someone comes to hold a particular theory is difficult, yes, but not impossible. Steve Woolgar, going a step further than Mulkay and Gilbert, denied that any claim about either the world or human motivation can be justified, including, reflexively, this claim itself. This was the ultimate move in a game Collins and Yearley had called ‘epistemological chicken’, seeing who can be the most skeptical. Zammito sees Woolgar’s radical reflexivity as being ‘the internal reductio ad absurdum of postmodernism in science studies’ (p. 251). The ultimate external attack began with Gross and Levitt’s Higher Superstition and culminated with Sokal’s hoax and what became known as ‘the science wars’."
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    Ronald Giere, in a review of J.H. Zammito’s A Nice Derangement of Epistemes: Post-positivism in the Study of Science from Quine to Latour

    … is it bad that I want to read and write this sort of stuff for a living instead of doing astronomy or writing software and whatnot?

    Actually, I don’t think it is. This stuff is pretty cool.

     
  6. comaniddy:

    GIFS from my last video - How To Find Water Bears

    Take a look at #4. Embrace the fail. I think it’s the best part of the video.

    We could have faked it. We could have pretended that we found Tardigrades on our first try. But where’s the fun in that?

    Making mistakes is a natural part of science.

    I’m glad that Ben, Valeria, and I didn’t find Water Bears during the shoot. So that face I’m making in #6 is a genuine face of celebration.

    When do you science and other life stuff, don’t worry about mistakes. Learn from those mistakes and keep moving forward.

    (via megsalot)

     
  7. thebrainscoop:

    This is going to be my automatic Out-Of-Office reply on my email, October 11-31st. 

    Vamos ir al selva! Estudio peces en los rios! 

     
  8. theaatproject:

    World population to keep growing this century, hit 11 billion by 2100

    Using modern statistical tools, a new study led by the University of Washington and the United Nations finds that world population is likely to keep growing throughout the 21st century. The number of people on Earth is likely to reach 11 billion by 2100, the study concludes, about 2 billion higher than some previous estimates.

    The paper published online Sept. 18 in the journal Science includes the most up-to-date estimates for future world population, as well as a new method for creating such estimates.

    (via climateadaptation)

     
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  10. extrajordanary:

    If this doesn’t mean anything to you, please listen to this priceless piece of comedy immediately.

    (Source: tubofgoodthings, via geologicadept)

     
  11. (Source: nabbanaba, via drunkedjohnlock)

     

  12. So, this week was kind of a sad week. I’ve got so much work to do, and a great many important decisions about ~the future~ are starting to loom. In general a lot of this week was kind of spent lurching out out of bed and from class to class in an anxiety-driven stupor.

    But tonight I watched a surprisingly decent Tom Cruise movie with my dorm. And I learned that the electric bass I found behind a dumpster last semester still actually works. These small things were surprisingly uplifting.

    I think things are going to be okay. They’re going to suck for a while, but they’ll eventually be okay.

     
  13. (Source: pissfreak, via maybenotboring)

     
  14. Back in the mountains, at the telescope. The camera works now! Woo.

     
  15. trekkiebeth:

    Makeup application | photo by trekkiebeth

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