More food for thought – thank you Dave. I’m interested in your first paragraph and have been thinking about academia on the web and how the nature of criticism/criticality has changed. I remember going to conferences during my PhD and break out arguments in the auditorium were common place. I wonder why I feel more vulnerable now if people are critical of me through social media? We aren’t robust and critical in our research anymore with much of it generally ropey and subject to bias. If we can’t take some criticism on the chin, I’m not sure how we are going to advance what we do?
Now look what you’ve done. You’ve set me off on something else. But thank you for your inspirational words.