I feel like I am channeling the world famous grant writer @igrrrl this morning, as I edit research proposals. If you don’t follow her, you should. Her writing advice is generally gold and the nuance of words that she appreciates is brilliant. So far, I have written statements sort of like the following:
- The goal of a study should never be to understand a phenomenon. That is not an attainable goal in the amount of time you have to complete your project.
- Don’t hope that your study will show something. Scientists don’t get to have hopes and dreams. “Expecting” is the closest we get to come.
- We know that “previous studies have shown”. You cited them.
I still make these mistakes all the time in drafts and have to go back and find them and destroy them. I like to think the frequency of these grammar bombs is decreasing though. And, I haven’t used a semicolon since 2007.
Speaking of scientists having hopes and dreams, I am really starting to feel why the pipeline leaks. A house with two, demanding academic careers and small children is no joke. I feel like I am constantly running to the next thing, but the time for cooking healthy food and actually running has been sucked out of my life.
I am le tired, Donald Trump is Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, and it is -100F outside. We cannot hope to understand any of this because it is not an attainable goal; or so previous studies have shown.