Monthly Archives: August 2011

Din nou porn

Din nou a publicat unul un articol despre dragutele noastre jurnale academice… 24.000 la numar, se pare, and growing.

Cateva date:

Reading a single article published by one of Elsevier’s journals will cost you $31.50. Springer charges €34.95, Wiley-Blackwell, $42. Read 10 and you pay 10 times. And the journals retain perpetual copyright.

The average cost of an annual subscription to a chemistry journal is $3,792. Some journals cost $10,000 a year or more to stock. The most expensive, Elsevier’s Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, is $20,930.

Elsevier, Springer and Wiley, who have bought up many of their competitors, now publish 42% of journal articles.

Mai multe: Academic publishers make Murdoch look like a socialist. Foarte interesante metaforele astea… In clipa cand indraznesti sa mormai ceva impotriva cifrelor de mai sus si a graficelor de mai jos, imediat esti catalogat drept socialist, comunist si din astea. Pai nu? Ca daca esti conservator si meta…ce-o mai fi, nu dai cunoasterea pe mana oricui. Nu! O tii acolo, bombastic. Ca hindusii! Ca dreptacii! Ca traditionalistii!

Da, si ca toate sa fie si mai sexy, iata cum Elsevier isi umple timpul liber. Da… Dar stiinta e obiectiva si de incredere si asam! Nu ca Biserica care manipuleaza oamenii si mintile. Cu chestii neverificabile si nedemonstrabile. Pai nu?

“Merck paid an undisclosed sum to Elsevier to produce several volumes of a publication that had the look of a peer-reviewed medical journal, but contained only reprinted or summarized articles – most of which presented data favorable to Merck products – that appeared to act solely as marketing tools with no disclosure of company sponsorship…”

Gradina cu pacatosi

…si spunea:

What does a view from a high place remind of you? The impulse you feel when you look down at the world you live in. A violent cognition that attacks you even if you refuse it. An emotion created by an overlooking view. That’s “far”. The scenery you see from a high place is magnificent. Even an ordinary landscape looks beautiful. But a vision that’s too large creates a boundary between you and the world. It’s more correct for you to recognize the large world you see as the world you live in rather than as the small space around you. But [when you’re down] you can’t feel you’re living in this big world no matter how hard you try. Your reasoning, represented by your knowledge, and your experience, represented by your realization, will crash against each other. And eventually, you will lose yourself and confusion will begin.

Vision is not what your eyes see, but an image that your brain comprehends. Our vision is protected by our common sense. Humans can’t live outside their box…”

Citat din acest anime.


Mi-a placut cum unul din exploratori compara Orasul cu un fruct cu multe, multe straturi. In marele aglomerari urbane fructul are o infinitate de layer-e, dar nici un miez. Oricat ai curata, oricat ai sapa, tot nu dai de sambure.

…si spunea:

“Ceea ce e dedesubt este aidoma cu ce e deasupra.”