what I'm reading
Poison Pills On Hiring from the Chronicle, an interesting post and interesting discussion.
And very relevant to that, a couple of interesting links from Alternet, both of which left me breathless:
Higher Education Gone Wrong, which lobs many accusations that could also apply to academic scientists.
Drugs causing mental illness, which goes back to an old post where I was saying that many people I worked with were taking anti-depressants, but it didn't seem to be helping any of them.
At the time, I wondered if it was a sign of the toxic atmosphere warping everyone's brains: rather than improve the working conditions, it seemed like everyone wanted the easy denial of taking a pill and pretending like everything was okay.
This article talks about the possibility, laid out in a new book, that long-term administrations of these kinds of drugs are actually making people less functional (although short-term use can be very helpful, they said). That has certainly been my anecdotal observation.