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On working from home dress codes

About two months ago, we began one of the largest experiments on work and productivity in recent memory. Within the realm of knowledge work, where working from home is most prevalent, we are asked to turn our previous havens of relaxation, comfort, and family time into battle stations whizzing with Zoom meetings and email checks.

Would simply thinking better of someone make them so?

Having just finished a few works of Jonathan Haidt and Stephen Pinker, I am left with recurring question: “what parts of our culture and society might operate as self-fulfilling prophesies?” Even more directly, might otherwise “bad” people operate differently if we assumed what Haidt and Louikianoff call the “principle of charitability?

Seneca at the photocopier: Practicing stoicism as an graduate intern

Jack Worthy punches the elevator call button as a steaming cup of Folgers sloshes onto his naked wrist. His punishment for lateness is compounded by his perception of today’s upcoming duties.

STEM Grad School Boot-camp: Week 3

This will be part 3 of 4 in a weekly series focused on preparing for graduate school in STEM if you come from a humanities based undergrad or other graduate experience.

STEM Grad School Bootcamp: Week 2

STEM Grad School Boot-camp: Week 3 – Casual Inferences - Feb 2, 2020 […] of your planning should be ramping up. We’ve covered everything from the existential to the mundane.

STEM Grad School Bootcamp: Week 2

This will be part 2 of 4 in a weekly series focused on preparing for graduate school in STEM if you come from a humanities based undergrad or other graduate experience.

Dangerous Ideas: Should you miss the max number of classes?

Credit: Austrian National Library It is a feeling familiar to any student: You sit through lecture for an approximate eternity, pondering the infinite other ways to spend your time. Maybe you are not one to miss, let alone skip, classes that may cost hundreds of dollars per lecture.

STEM Grad School Boot-camp: Week 1

Dangerous Ideas: Should you miss the max number of classes? – Casual Inferences - Feb 1, 2020 […] and psychological refreshment will still likely improve your subsequent study. I have already sung its praises in a previous post to think through why you are in school, but it may be even more effective when […]

STEM Grad School Boot-camp: Week 1

This will be part 1 of 4 in a weekly series focused on preparing for graduate school in STEM if you come from a humanities based undergrad or other graduate experience.

Special Topics: Reading Scientific Manuscripts

Photo by Roman Mager on Unsplash _“It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.” _