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The Middle Pathway
I am a PhD Student from Perth, Western Australia. I am 22 years old. I am investigating engineering psychology/human factors psychology. Specifically task interruption (at the moment). I am also interested in communication, language and technology.

The Middle Pathway is a reflection of myself. I can't tell you what exactly I post in any long term manner. A combination of posts that resonate with me, Psychology related posts, war related posts, and of course PhD life.

"It costs so much to be a full human being that there are very few who have the enlightenment, or the courage, to pay the price … One has to abandon altogether the search for security, and reach out to the risk of living with both arms. One has to embrace the world like a lover, and yet demand no easy return of love. One has to accept pain as a condition of existence. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to the total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying."
narabean:

A young man sits and reads a book in the ruins of a London bookstore after the air strikes in 1940. 

narabean:

A young man sits and reads a book in the ruins of a London bookstore after the air strikes in 1940. 

Rottnest Island 2014

Watching the Vienna marathon was amazing. So much energy coming through a single point. It was like a waterfall.

when someone asks about my thesis

There is a culture of acceptance around mental health issues in academia

jtotheizzoe:

Important read in The Guardian

It’s time to end the academic culture that says working yourself to sickness means you’re just working hard enough. It’s time to end the culture that says taking time for yourself and your own health comes at the expense of doing good work. It’s time to end the culture that says sleep deprivation, anxiety attacks, and binge drinking are just part of the game. It’s time to end the culture that says if you’re not getting along with your mentor, then it’s all your fault. It’s time to end the culture that says advisors and faculty don’t have to take responsibility for the health of their students. It’s time to end the culture that says seeking help means you’re weak, or a bad researcher.

I’m not afraid to admit that this is an issue that touched my life during my Ph.D. Thankfully I had amazing friends and family outside my program to help me through tough times. But I know that not everyone has a support system like mine. I also watched in sadness when, after a fellow Ph.D. student committed suicide, our program, university, and health services did nothing to acknowledge that it happened, or that the culture of academia could have contributed to it, and (as far as any of us have been able to tell), has done little if anything to stop it from happening again.

Some graduate programs are putting better student support systems in place, and for every bad advisor we can find an exception that cares and helps their students to the utmost of their ability. But academia, overall, still possesses a culture of acceptance and ignorance when it comes to mental health issues, especially in graduate programs.

It’s time to end that culture.

Equality is not the empirical claim that all groups of humans are interchangeable; it is the moral principle that individuals should not be judged or constrained by the average properties of their group.
― Steven Pinker (via psych-quotes)
Why didn’t I learn to treat everything like it was the last time. My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.
― Jonathan Safran Foer (via psych-quotes)
bygoneamericana:

GI’s tramp in review across an English field, 1944, as the long-planned Operation Overlord — the D-Day invasion of France — draws near.
By Frank Scherschel

bygoneamericana:

GI’s tramp in review across an English field, 1944, as the long-planned Operation Overlord — the D-Day invasion of France — draws near.

By Frank Scherschel

queensquee:

Weeeeeeeed

secondworldwarineurope:

The Ruins of Normandy: Rare Color Photos From France, 1944

Ruins, northwestern France, summer 1944, after D-Day.

American troops clear wreckage in Saint-Lô, Normandy, 1944.

Destroyed town in northwest France, summer 1944.

American troops in courtyard of ruined building, northwestern France, summer 1944.

Ruined tank near St. Gilles (or perhaps Hambye), France, 1944.

American troops, northwestern France, summer 1944.

Ruined building and sign in French and German, northwestern France, summer 1944.

Jeeps (including a press vehicle) in the town square, Marigny (Manche), Normandy, 1944.

Ruins of a town in northwestern France, summer 1944.

Unloading vehicles and supplies from an LST (landing ship, tank) at Normandy beachhead, summer 1944. (source)

fot: Frank Scherschel

(Source: expensivelife)

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