Tumblr friendships are pretty strange… because tumblr is so personal (even without text posts and specifically *personal* stuff you can get to know a lot about a person from their blog) so it’s like doing friendship backwards. You can start talking to someone about stuff you’d never talk about with anyone else, until you’d call them a friend, but then you realise you don’t even know how old they are or when their birthday is and so eventually you get to the questions that would come first if you met them in the real world. It’s really awesome but also pretty odd! :)
“Because science is an empirical enterprise, it follows that new evidence is constantly being discovered that contradicts previous knowledge. Science is characterized by a willingness to let new evidence correct previous beliefs. This makes science different from perhaps every other human enterprise. Courts appeal to the Constitution, religion appeal to the writings of prophets, and institution appeal to their traditions. Science, however, is characterized by a commitment to change based on empirical evidence. A notable example is provided by the French Academy of Sciences, which had a debate in the 18th century, about whether stones fell from the sky. When the Academy concluded, on the basis of the best evidence at the time, that stones did not fall from the sky, museums discarded priceless collections of what we now know to be meteorites. Today, as a direct result of more empirical evidence, the existence of meteorites is common knowledge.”—Research methods by McBurney & White (via scipsy)
I have to choose a college. I’ve narrowed it down to:
UVM: Beautiful place, good school, great atmosphere, far away from the stresses of home.
UD: Again, beautiful. But I haven’t been able to visit, so if I don’t get a chance to see it then I’m no longer going to consider it.
& Montclair State:…
Having attended both UVM and UD, I can say that UVM is probably a much more interesting place to be, but it can get verrrrrrrry cold in the winter. UD, on the other hand, is somewhat of a one-trick pony when it comes to entertainment/things to do outside of school.
Academically, UVM is pretty good (though perhaps less known). I can’t really speak to the quality of undergrad education at UD, though, because grad school kind of puts you into a very small bubble.
Tumblr is kinda terrible for two-way communication, but if you want more info, let me know.
“Overall, an effective textbook needs to accomplish three
goals. First, it needs to provide comprehensive, accurate, and up-
to-date content in its field. Second, it needs to expose students to
the techniques and skills they will need to become successful in
that field. And finally, it should inspire students so they want to
pursue that field as a career.”—Robert Brooker, Preface to the 4th edition of Genetics: Analysis & Principles
This textbook (I have the 3rd edition) is one of the most well-designed textbooks I’ve ever read. I wish all textbooks were designed like this—especially in linguistics!