12 step programme

Did anyone else browse the current issue of Nature, spot this article’s title, and think it was going to be a self-help piece for addicts?
Just me?
Carry on.

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"one of the sillier science bloggers [...] I thought I should give a warning to the more staid members of the community." - Bob O'Hara, December 2010
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11 Responses to 12 step programme

  1. Ian Brooks says:

    I am preparing my rebuttal as we speak…

  2. Darren Saunders says:

    Initially, I was more concerned by this one – a genome paper from a Korean group headed by Kim Jong Il! Apparently, not the tracksuit wearing dictator however.

  3. Cath Ennis says:

    Nice! Well spotted!
    Oh, and Tee hee! Ian said butt!
    (My brain doesn’t work properly after a morning of sustained number crunching. You may have already noticed this).

  4. Maxine Clarke says:

    We like to have our little laugh – glad it is infectious!
    I set up a Nature Network forum to discuss the self-help editorial, by the way – it is here. Looking forward to any views.
    Next issue – President of France reports invention of fab new synthetic for making burkhas.

  5. Cath Ennis says:

    You clearly know your audience well!

  6. Jennifer Rohn says:

    How to stop blogging:
    Step 1. admitting you have a problem.

  7. Cath Ennis says:

    That’s why I clicked the link 😉

  8. Sabbi Lall says:

    I did click thinking cold turkey was going to be suggested! I’m torn on the issue discussed in the article. Discussion and presentation of unpublished work at conferences feels like an endangered species as it is, without people panicking about their results being tweeted? Making the organizer policy clear up front is a good suggestion anyway.

  9. Darren Saunders says:

    I agree Sarbjit, it is rare these days to hear anyone present unpublished work at meetings and conferences. I wonder if the “tweeting” of results from talks will be self-defeating? That is, by further discouraging presenters from disclosing unpublished results, there may in fact be nothing novel discussed to tweet about?

  10. Cath Ennis says:

    Yeah, “Dr X gives exact same talk as last year” is not going to be the most interesting tweet in the world. But it would give you that feeling of “being there”.

  11. Sabbi Lall says:

    But if you were there last year anyway? I hear what you’re saying though, tweeting feels much more in the moment/real-time than a formal meeting report. Tweet-friendliness is likely pretty field dependent I suspect.
    Actually Darren and Cath, maybe the Dr. X tweet would push them to fire up Powerpoint?

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