Advice when reading anything

This is the best advice I’ve seen when reading a paper (or really anything non-fiction):

“Assume that everything you read is bullshit until the author manages to convince you that it isn’t. If you do not understand something, don’t feel bad – it’s not your fault, it’s the author’s. He didn’t write clearly enough.” (from http://www.eeb.yale.edu/stearns/advice.htm)

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Welcome to myscientificlife! I recently completed my undergrad at State University. I am currently taking a year off of school and applying to graduate schools. This lovely blog is mostly about my journey towards grad school and other things I find interesting, such as food, podcasts, and books. Probably mostly food. You can reach me at myscientificlife@gmail.com.
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2 Responses to Advice when reading anything

  1. Alyssa says:

    I finally learned the same thing about conference talks and other presentations. If I can’t understand it, it’s not because I’m dumb, it’s because they’re not explaining it well enough.

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