Just about wherever scientists look—deep within the earth, on grains of sand blown off of the Sahara Desert, under mile-thick layers of Antarctic ice—they find viruses. And when they look in familiar places, they find new ones. In 2009, Dana Willner, a biologist at San Diego State University, led a virus-hunting expedition into the human body. The scientists had ten people cough up sputum and spit it into a cup. Five of the people were sick with cystic fibrosis, and five were healthy. Out of that fluid, Willner and her team fished out fragments of DNA, which they compared to databases of the tens of millions of genes already known to science. Before Willner’s study, the lungs of healthy people were believed to be sterile. But Willner and her colleagues discovered that all their subjects, sick and healthy alike, carried viral menageries in their chests. On average, each person had 174 species of viruses in the lungs. But only 10 percent of those species bore any close kinship to any virus ever found before.
↳ Carl Zimmer - A Planet of Viruses

In an internet culture, it matters more that I know where the facts can be found, and how to piece them together, curate, and redistribute, than how long I can keep my head submerged in 300 pages of non-fiction. When reading news on the internet, I’m defined by my filters, but when reading a newspaper, I’m defined by my patience for skimming through stories about crises in the Middle East. I’ve found myself buying books on sprees that have more similarity to opening multiple tabs in a browser than the actions of a rational shopper. I page through my magazines like an RSS reader, where “marking read” means reading the headline, not necessarily reading the article. I’ve long since run out of shelf space for new titles, I’m a few pages into a few dozen books, ranging from Plato’s Meno to John Jeremiah Sullivan’s Pulphead […]

Offline: Ignorance by Paul Miller

This is so me.

I have finally (I’m becoming a terrible slow reader) finished reading An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage. I really enjoyed it. I think now I will start reading The Emotional Brain by Joseph LeDoux.

[…] the way scientists work is more like: Fiddle Around, Find Something Weird, Retest It, It Doesn’t Happen a Second Time, Get Distracted Trying to Make It Happen Again, Go to Chipotle, Recall the Original Purpose of Your Research, Start Over, Apply for Funding for a Better Instrument, Publish Some Interim Fluff, Learn That Someone Has Scooped You, Take Your Lab in a New Direction, Apply for Funding for the New Direction, Collaborate With an Icelandic Poet, Eat Chipotle With an Icelandic Poet, Co-Write Scientifically Accurate Ode to Walrus, Get Interested in Something Unrelated, Apply for Funding for Something Unrelated, Notice That 20 Years Have Passed.
Dispelling 8 popular culture myths about scientists: Thick Books and Thin Films

This morning I was trying to imagine what  book I can read that can help me on my thesis. I’m writing about iatrogenic effects in psychotherapy, but for now I think I should better understand the process of psychotherapy in general. So I was searching for some influential book on this topic. I found an article “INFLUENTIAL PSYCHOTHERAPY FIGURES, AUTHORS, AND BOOKS: AN INTERNET SURVEY OF OVER 2,000 PSYCHOTHERAPISTS” that seems to have at least some answer to my questions. I want to share the list I found on this article:

Responses to the question: "Of all the prominent figures in the field of psychotherapy over the past 25 years, who are the contributors who have most influ- enced the way you practice today? Please list up to five"

Responses to the question : "What are the best psychother- apy books that you have read in the past 3 years? List up to five."

Now, I have to say that I have not read any of these books, and probably they are not right for the topic I’m studying at this moment, but, they may be of interest someone of my followers.

I want to share the books I’m actually reading right now:

(by priscillaaalim)
#13 Science Books (by Glady Anne)