Hey SfN, Fuck all y’allPosted: December 19, 2012
[UPDATED WITH ACTION ITEMS]
1. Refuse to peer review for the Journal of Neurscience (tell them why)
2. Do not buy any SfN merchandise, not even the “critical period” onesie, which is not even that clever. You only think it’s clever by the standards of comedy one expects from a scientific society.
3. At the next annual meeting (I’ll remind you), do not allow any vendors to scan your badge. Tell them why.
Encourage prominent neuroscientists (for example SfN Presidential Special Lecturers, or Kavli Prize winners, or both*) who disagree with this dumbassery to add their voice!
I am pretty pissed off about the Society for Neuroscience’s decision to abandon the city of New Orleans as a site for their annual meeting. I love New Orleans and have strong family ties to the city, and events like SfN are a huge part of its economy. Besides being instructive in perceived v. real risk, something very particular pissed me off about this announcement:
the Society’s deep appreciation for the city of New Orleans
You know what? Fuck you. Institutions don’t get to “appreciate,” “thank,” or admire the “unique history and culture” of anything. These are things humans do. The “appreciation” of something like SfN is like being “appreciated” by an automated phone menu.
SfN has one way and one way only to “appreciate” New Orleans and it’s people: have the meeting there. Because it can’t have feelings, its fake press release feelings don’t matter. False sentiment is insult added to injury.