Life (mostly The GIST) is taking over…

WARNING: This blog post has had no real editing process and may be a litte…”rambly”(if that’s even a word).

Alright, another update post. I guess this could be a little irritating if you’re watching my blog in the hope of some solid science and sci comm and all you’re getting is updates and such. However, this is more of an inside scoop coupled with an update. As you may know, I write articles for The GIST (I do other stuff there too but that’s irrelevant at this point in time) and if you keep an eye on the website (which I suggest you do) you’ll know that we’re putting together another printed magazine. If you read the magazine you’ll know that my mate and I wrote the opinion piece that’s (strategically hidden away) at the back. However you might not know that every article that makes it into our magazine (from this point forth) gets selected by a democratic process. As with any opinion piece, the one Scott and I put together last time (clicky) served to draw out people of the opposite view-point (a minority of course). In this blog piece I’m going to put it out there that I think this next article is going to be no different. Chances are that it’s going to be slightly more effective at drawing criticism from people of the opposite view. “why?” I hear you ask. Well it’s due to the subject of the article: homeopathy. I took part in the voting process for the articles in this next issue and whilst there seemed to be a good amount of support for the piece (a lot actually), it did draw some criticism…and that’s from scientists and people within The GIST – what’s it going to be like from the general public?

Opinion pieces about homeopathy are…well…clichéd. Scott and I had a good wee chat about this over a pint and we decided that we had to try to really hard to avoid this, and to shamelessly self-promote, I think we achieved that goal. (For those of you who don’t know me personally I write my opinion pieces with an old uni mate of mine. Whilst I like to think I am the ideas guy and focus upon the ethics or the science or the general thread of the argument, Scott is the guy that – largely – sets the tone and makes the whole article fun to read. He’s a genuinely witty man in real life and I think it comes across in what we write.) Nevertheless, I do think that when people hold certain opinions, they find it incredibly difficult to accept the opposite argument: it’s just human nature I suppose. Anyway, I’m getting side-tracked.

I’m writing this little update to let you know that blog posts over the next three weeks are going to be scarce! Here’s what I’m doing with my time (because I said previously that I’d use this as a public forum to “light a fire under my ass” if I wasn’t focusing on my career):

  • Reading a book (called Magenta Opium) for an upcoming book review
  • Editing the opinion piece with one of the specialist editors at The GIST
  • Overseeing the entire editing process and coordinating the articles once they’ve gone through the specialist stage
  • Arranging the “readability” edits (2 weeks away)
  • Of course, putting the final touches to my PhD thesis (pretty scarily important that one)

So have some patience with me please. I’m unusually busy at the moment. That being said, this is a good time for me to be writing down ideas for my next article/blog post. I find it really easy to think of things to talk about when I have no intention of doing them in the immediate future (suggestions welcome though). I’m thinking the next one will be a good science-based, chemistry-centric (hopefully) educational read…time will tell.

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  1. To catch cliché, you need to become a cliché | ScienceYourFaceIn

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