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Suddenly remembered I’m lucky to research interesting and (to my mind) important topics and now I can’t stop smiling.

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People who do a lot of reading for a living (grad students, authors, professors, etc.): how do you keep up with all of it?

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Every Mastodon article is like "But what about my follower counts! There's no celebrities on this platform! People don't talk about Trump all the time!"

Yeah. Those are all features.

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Do you know 2019 is the international year of the periodic table? ⚗️

Look at this nice representation by C. R. Nodder (1920)

Here you can find many other ones: meta-synthesis.com/webbook/35_

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you want to know how weird english spelling is? squirrel, girl, twirl, furl, perl, pearl, and earl all rhyme. look at that shit.

I have complex and conflicting feelings about time management (or rather, my feelings about it conflict with what reality makes necessary) and I really should figure this out sooner rather than later because whether I like it or not, structure is sorta Good.

How structured is your academic routine / life ?

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me giving advice Show more

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“This, at least theoretically, has a big impact” is an example of a sentence I could have written myself but only realize is quite contradictory when I read it from someone else.

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Wittgenstein & talking nonsense Show more

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This is a SOS.
I'm taking an online course but I don't know how to study. I mean it literally.
The material is a 100 pages pdf. Obviously I can't learn everything in it. I don't know how to find a way to study that works for me. Should I just read it again and again or take notes while reading, or doing mind mapping (but then how do I choose what is important to know)...
What I'm asking is what is your own method to study? Do you have any tips on how to find my own way ?

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@arden @kateiyas Plutarch said that even though Chaeronaea was a small town, if he left his ancestral home it would be smaller still. I can't change structures but I can create things worth reading and seeing on the open Internet.

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What does scholar.social need to develop into a place that is really dedicated to academia and science and to actually be useful for (real) academics?

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Twitter has gained traction in various fields because it is actually useful for news about new papers and developments in your field, and for staying connected with your colleagues.

It requires effort to stay free of distractions there however. I manage somehow with a list only dedicated to my subject, and ignoring politics and heated discussions etc., but I've seen some people stopping to use it because of Twitters goals of driving their attention to non-science stuff and time wasting.

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to @socrates@scholar.social and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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