Friday, December 24, 2010

Failure to see the point.

I see this so often in the news, blogs and even in conversation amongst friends sometimes. Someone puts for an argument or a point of view and someone reponds to either a completely different or only partially related point that wasn't made. In this case, where a study finds that the use of alternative remedies is a danger to children primarily due to the abandonment of convential treatment, a professor of complmentary medicine (aside: Exactly how low have Exeter University sunk that they actually have a deparment to study woo) says that "alternative therapies can have side effects, especially in vulnerable groups like children".

Pity it's the BBC reporting on this, I find the quality of their science reporting to be sub-par. I shall have to go look for the actual report now, if I get time.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

So, I've noticed...

that when my work consists of someone saying "go away and research this for me", it's a lot easier to blog/write, than when work consists of saying "we have this, this and this to do". And it's not just a matter of time. I find that when one is undertaking research, the mind wanders more when you're trying to construct a narrative around what you've found. I'd go as far to say that it's beneficial for the final product, as if a certain amount of mental delinquency in necessary. On the other hand, when I have a set of structured tasks laid out in front of me, the delinquency still occurs, it's just flatter, in the sense that the compulsion to express an opinion is ... gone. It provides short breaks from the tasks, which probably help the brain concentrate a little but in general it feels like it contributes towards the final product less. As to why this is, I can't really say.