Cursive Sculptures

I’ve seen abandoned cars, mines,houses and dogs. But where do the abandoned minds go? Are they floating above in arcs of the lightning forming fissures of black dots like when you close your eyes? What is all these streams of consciousness blends into one visceral creation? Or perhaps it is but a flight of fancy […]

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500 days of {all four seasons}

Some seasons have been kinder than others. But in all, I have reached home after spending 500 days in the US. Kind of an interesting piece of information that my grandpa greeted me with as I yanked my suitcase, with the nighttime heat welcoming me as I stepped into Chennai. Actually, crying babies and rude […]

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Horrible title, yes, you can comment about it! I came home today and realized I was all out of tea.  Not even those reserves of Twinings tea bags. And this reminded me of one of my thathas (because saying granduncle seems too impersonal) who would never be found without his cup of tea or his […]

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All I have are words

The patterns, they started off beautifully. Unlike the rigid structure of jigsaw puzzles, these tesselations, they weaved in and out in intricate thoughts. They rose and fell to the blood flow patterns. They were reminiscent of sparks of neuronal excitement. Signature squiggles that were hanging like vines you could tug at, to be whisked away […]

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How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists


Pretty important. Perhaps, schools need to delve into a set of how-to’s before assigning paper reading homeworks.

Originally posted on Violent metaphors:

Update (8/30/14): I’ve written a shorter version of this guide for teachers to hand out to their classes. If you’d like a PDF, shoot me an email: jenniferraff (at) utexas (dot) edu.

Last week’s post (The truth about vaccinations: Your physician knows more than the University of Google) sparked a very lively discussion, with comments from several people trying to persuade me (and the other readers) that their paper disproved everything that I’d been saying. While I encourage you to go read the comments and contribute your own, here I want to focus on the much larger issue that this debate raised: what constitutes scientific authority?

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Lighting up the carved pumpkins

Happy Halloween! Like all little kids, I was fascinated by Halloween. Costumes and candy? Halloween candy, decor and spooky-orange-themes? Why the hell not, right? But of course, 8-year old me didn’t get to go “Trickatreating”, much less know what it actually meant. Thinking up of a costume is so much fun though! There’s a sense of […]

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Perspectives (2)

  Some environments are more conducive to a certain type of work than others. Some require a stream of white noise while studying. I do agree, there have been studies claiming that it doesn’t affect your verbal learning style, but there are possibly different degrees of each learning style as applied to one person. Then […]

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