Raw Thought

by Aaron Swartz

Researcher Job

I’m looking for a researcher to work with on a couple projects. The research will mostly be into questions of United States government policy and the relevant factual basis. For example, you might be asked to look up things about cap-and-trade legislation and the evidence for anthropogenic global warming. You can do it part-time. You can work from anywhere. I think the work will be interesting and I’ll be doing it too. I think the work will be important, which is why I’m doing it.

The requirements are:

The ideal person is probably someone who’s contributed to Wikipedia, but that’s not a requirement.

If you’re interested, send a paragraph you wrote explaining or summarizing something to me@aaronsw.com with “researcher” in the subject. If you have ideas for how to find people like this, post them in the comments. (Or email them. Whatever.) I’ll probably end up hiring a bunch of researchers so the more people and ideas the better.

You should follow me on twitter here.

December 27, 2009


I’d look into finding someone in college policy debate. Your point #2 is basically what they spend 6 months out of the year doing.

posted by Will Chamberlain on December 28, 2009 #


The requirements [for the job you’re attempting to fill] are:

• generally lefty politics

You do realize that this is quite likely a violation of (much-beloved on the left) federal hiring and employment law, right?


posted by jb on December 28, 2009 #

Will Chamberlain is dead on, I came to post about the college policy debate thing as well. They are fairly lefty (generally speaking) and are good at researching the shit out of stuff.

posted by Andy Kish on December 29, 2009 #

The “generally lefty politics”, whether it violates regulations or not, shows a deeply worrying attitude to science. I have been following your blog for a while, impressed by the thoughts and the clarity you state them, but I find this requirement to be appalling, despite fulfilling it myself. You have answered your question (in the next posting) about today’s ethical blunders yourself!

posted by Werner Kuhn on January 3, 2010 #

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