1. Debates Over Big and Small

    In a class yesterday, someone pulled a "that's basic Kuhn" on me. Granted, I prefaced my first comment to the class in a somewhat antagonistic mode, stating that I was now inclined to append DNA to the list of concepts co-opted as metaphor from science by social theory (along with …

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  2. Social Networks in Graduate School

    In the continuing theme of socialization in graduate education, I recently read Processes of Socialization in American Graduate Schools, Making Elite Lawyers, and Scientific Elite. In the first article, Gottlieb shows that graduate students change their career preferences based on the opportunity to discuss one's plans with faculty and the …

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  3. Identification with Graduate School Socialization

    In The Development of Identification with an Occupation and The Elements of Identification with An Occupation, Becker and Carper identify how graduate students ("young males" in 1956) come to be socialized into the fields of physiology, engineering, and philosophy, including the construction of their identity within that field. They demonstrate …

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  4. Information Theory and Entropy

    The way I think of Shannon's information theoretic concept of entropy is as "uncertainty." Or, in another approach, Shannon's entropy — and there are many types of entropy — is a measure of how resistant "information content" is to compression: more entropy/uncertainty, means less redundancy, and consequently less compression. Consequently, static …

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  5. "Reliable" HTML Code

    I've been eagerly waiting for the next release of Quanta and its WYSIWYG mode (called "Kafka"). I'm hoping it'll be in KDE 3.2. However, looks like Lindows might beat them to the punch with Nvu. Yet, while I'm confident Quanta will support valid (X)HTML, Nvu only says "reliable …

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