Punishment and reward.
Today, I am gearing up to do some painful science stuff.
It is going to suck, but I am going to make myself do it, because I can't put it off any longer.
It's not repetitive stress injury painful, it's mentally and emotionally painful.
It's philosophically, morally painful to be forced to slog through some incredibly horrible science and document everything that's wrong with it.
I didn't make it to the gym last night, but tonight I am going to need it because I will be royally pissed off by the time today is over.
Despite my best efforts, I will have a very hard time not noticing how much money and time has been wasted on this horrible example of how not to do science.
However, with the goal of good-attitude-yields-good-karma, I am trying to take a merciful approach.
I will choose to assume that these people just didn't know any better, and not just at the beginning when they clearly screwed up. I will also choose to assume that they didn't deliberately go out of their way to try to hide their screwup. They just really didn't know any better. Right?
Yes, I am trying to give them the benefit of the stupid-is-as-stupid-does kind of doubt.
I am ignoring that these people have labs, and grants, and faculty positions. I am ignoring that they probably should have none of those things if the system worked the way it should.
Ignoring is bliss.
In better news, I am really enjoying this book and will be rewarding myself later by reading some more of it.
In some ways, I find this book a lot more uplifting and empowering than some of the more angry books I've been reading lately on bias and how it holds us back.
Reading those other books was helpful in arming me with the studies showing that indeed, bias is a factor and we have to account for it and figure out how to work around it.
This book is different because it is FUNNY and the author gives some very specific advice on how to change your attitude, not in a pollyanna way but in a practical New Yorker no-bullshit kinda way.
Yup, this author is my kind of person. I would like to meet her someday.