... about http://scientistlifeboat.com

Richard richardz at cy-net.net
Sat Dec 19 19:13:46 EST 1998

Congrats Art;

In article <75f52n$cfv$0 at>, Arthur Sowers
<arthures at magpage.com> wrote:

>...is the new home for the essays "Contemporary Problems in Science Jobs."
>There is also new material and additional topics relating to careers in
>science, and careers in biomedical sciences in particular.
>We recommend as a "chat room" for job-career issues the internet newsgroup
>"sci.research.careers." You'll have real freedom of speech capacity, no
>censorship, multiple sources instead of a single source for opinons, and
>probably a larger lurker-reader audience, too. 
>The domain, scientistlifeboat.com, is owned by my company via the
>authority of Internic (Network Solutions), and that domain name
>confirmation came through on Sept 30, 1998. The bill was paid. The
>site was "on the air" a few days later.
>The general focus of my website will still be on careers. There will be
>new material that you can't find on the other websites. Some subjects 
>include age discrimination and the older scientist, unionization and
>organization, and additional analysis of how "the system" works and if and
>whether anything can be done about it. There will be information and
>resources to help those who may be in trouble that is not of their own
>I will continue to do book reviews and cite titles of significant books
>that deal directly or indirectly with careers or career issues or
>relevant employment trends. I will continue to cite relevant websites and
>internet resources. I will foster the idea that one should NOT get all
>information and opinions from just one or a few sources.
>I have decided to continue to cite other websites even if they are 
>competitors of my website, and even though you will rarely or even NEVER
>find on those websites any reciprocal reference to my website, or any
>other website. Some websites only acknowledge the existence of other
>websites if they are "establishment" websites. I and my company will
>support the philosophy that multiple opinions should be sought out on any
>given relevant topic. 
>My website will also carry a disclosure and disclaimer, a policy and 
>history, and mission. This is unlike many if not most other websites.
>Please remember this as you visit websites.  
>I will continue to emphasize reality over hype and hucksterism, instead of
>concentrating only on positive information as if negative events never
>happen and you don't have to worry about them.
>There is already some new material on the website, and we have a up-front
>hit statistics counter right there, out in the open. No cookies. No
>sign-in with password. No subscription fee. No hidden marketing. You
>can watch the hit counter, yourself, if you click on your "reload" button.
>About 45 of the hits are my own in the course of adding or modifying files
>and then changing the links and then checking to make sure they work.
>There are websites where there is a link, and clicking on it dumps you 
>into a "404" error message.
>The root word, 'scientistlifeboat,' is to indicate a benfit to
>scientists and other technical people, and the "lifeboat" root is a
>reference to what saves people in ocean voyages by ship where some
>disaster strikes. A specific event burned in my mind is the maiden voyage
>of the Titanic where there was not only unwarranted arrogance and
>overconfidence in hyped technology (the "unsinkable") but the number of
>passengers substantially exceeded the number of lifeboat seats. Moreover,
>post disaster investigation showed that not even all the lifeboat seats
>were occupied, thus contributing to additional loss. I am happy for the
>fact that attention to safety issues is generally much stronger in
>today's world than in the world back in the days of the Titanic. 
>There is now substantial consensus about a PhD glut in many fields,
>underemployment, and a substantial flow of PhDs into jobs that do not
>require a PhD (websites, books, articles, and government and other studies
>are cited on my website about this). There seems, in contrast, and for
>example, a larger proportion of people going through medical schools that
>actually end up in long stable careers in medicine. 
>The website is meant to be a resource for material to help those succeed,
>survive, salvage, or "escape" from their science career.  Reorganizations,
>start-up business failures, grant non-renewals, tenure denials, political
>backstabs, and age-discrimination all represent career hazards. Howver, we
>do not worry about those who get tenure, or stable and permanent jobs. 
>Anyone who has news, suggestions, or writings on a career or science
>career issue is invited to submit it to us for consideration in our
>monthly "feature" section. 
>One of the "escape" scenarios that will be described and detailed, in a
>future part of the website, will be starting your own business or
>Anyone finding anything that needs correction, please email me. Anyone
>with a suggestion, please email me. 
>We have just opened a "bookstore" on the website as a means to defray the
>fixed costs in running the website. The bookstore will also grow and
>develop with time. 
>We have an office in a commercial site, which is a historic building
>(the Samuel T. Adams building, 1866) that is now on both the national and
>state historic registers) in Georgetown, Delaware. We're not quite all set
>up to have visitors yet, but when we are, the pictures will be on the
>website, and the coffee (Capucino for Marc Lamphier) for visitors will be
>Arthur E. Sowers, PhD
>president, Arthur E. Sowers, Inc.
>a Delaware for-profit corporation since 1995
>sponsoring: http://scientistlifeboat.com (under construction)
>mailing address:
>P.O. Box 489
>Georgetown, DE 19947
>email address: arthures at scientistlifeboat.com

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