self reflection

A pretty good year

One thing I’ve realised over the years is that I don’t spend enough time reflecting on my achievements. There’s a part of me that feels like it’s narcissistic to do so, but at the same time I am proud of a lot of the things I’ve done. Sometimes it’s nice to take the time to look back, and feel pleased with what you’ve done. It can be a nice antidote to imposter syndrome, I suppose.

Is it a loss of confidence if you aren't sure you really believed it the first time?

I’m a big fan of the idea behind the loss of confidence project. The idea is basically that researchers who no longer believe their own published findings can say so without stigma. It’s a nice thought – after all, a non-trivial proportion of the scientific literature is probably incorrect. We could quibble over how much, but really who cares about the number? The point is that it would be nice to know which reported phenomena are genuine and which aren’t.