Of Skeumorphism and bullshit in science

Of Skeumorphism and bullshit in science
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Of Skeumorphism and bullshit in science

🐦 3 Tweets of the week

If there’s one tweet thread you read this week, make it this one about skeumorphism – a concept that we dont talk about enough, but one that has significant impact on life. (PS: Follow the Cultural Tutor on Twitter – you cannot go wrong).

A nuanced take on the Adani saga.

A corollary: The purpose of life is to avoid experiencing things for which you will later experience regret.

πŸ“„ 2 Articles of the week

​a. The spectacle of Shubman Gill by Sidharth Monga​

Just like Shubman Gill’s quick reflexes slow down the game for him, Sid Monga’s keen story sense slows it down for the reader

​b. ‘The Fleishman Effect: In a city of Rachels and Libbys, the FX show has some New York moms worried they’re the ones in trouble’ by Caitlin Moscatello​

At one level most of us are far removed from the world of the New York elite – but read through this evocative piece and you will find some commonalities.


“I get up at 6 a.m., and I work until she wakes up, then I do breakfast and get her ready, then the nanny comes, I work all day, I relieve the nanny, and then get back on my computer and work until midnight after my daughter goes to sleep. I do that every day,” she says. β€œAnd it’s still not enough”

🎀 1 podcast episode of the week

​a. ‘Why There Is So Much Bullshit in Science’ on Plain English by Derek Thompson​

In the episode Derek makes the startling assertion that despite rising spends and publications, the quality of scientific progress has fallen. He attributes it to several factors: primarily a messed up incentive structure that prioritises paper publishing over genuine breakthroughs, high existing burden of knowledge making general research difficult, a paradox of choice in reading existing research sources and bigger team sizes leading to dis-economies of scale.

That’s all from this week’s edition.

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