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The 'Pirate Bay of Science' Adds 2 Million New Journal Articles

Sci-Hub, a website dedicated to free access of scientific articles, has updated for the first time in a year.

On September 5, 2011, the Sci-Hub was born. It's a place where people can find scientific studies that are typically hidden behind expensive paywalls for free. The site is constantly under legal threat and only periodically uploads. On its tenth birthday, it did what it does best. Uploaded paywalled articles to a database where anyone can read them. "In honor of such a round date, two million have been added to the server today, namely 2,337,229 new articles," neuroscientist turned scientific paper pirate Alexandra Elbakyan said in a blog post announcing the upload.

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The Problem With Certainty

It seems our collective capacity to consider - simultaneously - the many sides to a decision is weak, if not nonexistent. We crave certainty in some (any!) aspect of our lives, and the pressures of the moment reinforce our natural tendency toward confirmation bias. Seeing an issue through another person's eyes has become too uncomfortable to bear, especially in light of the marathon ills, both literal and figurative, we are enduring from the COVID-19 pandemic. The continual demands of adjusting to changes in our home and work environments have left us with little emotional energy and cognitive space.

The problem, however, is that being certain about the rightness or wrongness of others' decisions leaves little room for us to grow or expand our understanding, not just of other people but of their situations and their circumstances. Our inability to control a knee-jerk reaction that shuts down ambivalence borne from disagreement or uncertainty limits our ability to make progress, personally and professionally. In other words, we get stuck. We get stuck as individual citizens, and we get stuck as managers and leaders.

How do we get unstuck? By doing what's uncomfortable, unfortunately.

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Do You Feel Guilty All The Time?

Guilt, as subtle as it may be, is a pervasive emotion that many of us experience daily. Some argue that perfectionism is at the heart of it, but even those of us that are far from perfectionist aren't immune to guilt. Others argue that guilt is a complete waste of time, but we should not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

Guilt can be a sign of a functional moral compass. For example, if, in a fit of rage, you call your colleague a useless snollygoster and put salt in his extra large, nonfat, double decaf mochaccino, feeling guilty is probably quite an appropriate emotion, and hopefully, it will prevent you from similar shenanigans in the future.

In the case above, the "crime" is obvious and undeniable, though generally, guilt is much more insidious. When we're at work, we feel guilty for not being with our children (or even our pets). When we're at home, we feel guilty for not having done the laundry for a week or for not being at work. On the weekends, we feel guilty about not calling our friends or hanging out with our friends instead of our mothers.

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