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  •  I understand your response on a personal level, (4+ / 0-)
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    which is why I started my criticism with "sorry."  I know how painful it is watching someone "disappear" or feeling yourself fade away (and loved your friend's cereal comment).  But the problem is that nearly always any hope form results from basic research will turn out to be false hopes, which can exacerbate the pain.  Clearly, it's an interesting finding and maybe will have clinical significance, but "maybe" is the operative word and it's a big "maybe."

    I think the problem lies with journalists/bloggers/etc who simply don't understand how science works and want to attract attention to themselves or sell a story or make their editor happy by attracting eyeballs.  If their motivations were to actually present the news, they'd be more circumspect and critical.

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 01:30:08 PM PDT

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    •  I understand your point. I was just thinking about (9+ / 0-)

      it, in terms of white that fellow who wrote The Elements of Style, or was it Strunk and White about exclamation points. If your text is not powerful enough to make it exclamatory, adding two or three extra exclamation points isn't going to help.

      Or, when folks start, a title with "Breaking: " it often isn't.  Although, I wanted to on that article I did last week on the 35 million year Extinction Cycle, for the humor of it. but there wasn't room.

      The clincher for me is that my primary mentor for 15 years at MIT, who was an amazingly good writer, insisted that any word that could be pounded out of a sentence without losing meaning be taken out.

      In this case, taking out "Breakthrough" actual seems to mike the title stronger, and more gripping in a "breakthrough" like way, so you have convinced me.

      Please don't tell anyone that I'm amenable to excellent suggestions, as I might be at my limit of "personal improvement" for today.

      Thanks.  I really do appreciate suggestions like this as I am trying to push my writing to the next level. I've been studying an article on 18 rules for using commas, and only about 12 make sense to me.  

      "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

      by HoundDog on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 01:40:25 PM PDT

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