How Changing My Economic Model Made Me a Climate Change Optimist Let’s start by assuming climate change is real and that the primary cause is fossil fuels, because those two things are true. The question is how to stop it. … Continue reading The other side of models
Why hypothetical thinking is only a pale imitation of real life You’re surely aware, by now, of the Trolley Problem, the most famous of the thought experiments philosophers like to construct when they really ought to be working. But, to … Continue reading The thinking dilemma
The Stanford Prison Experiment was massively influential. We just learned it was a fraud The Stanford Prison Experiment, one of the most famous and compelling psychological studies of all time, told us a tantalizingly simple story about human nature. The … Continue reading The replication crisis
Sorry, but imagining you’re a professor won’t make you smarter (an unsuccessful mass replication of the Professor Prime effect) A pre-registered mass replication attempt published in Perspectives on Psychological Science has raised doubts about another celebrated psychology finding. The collaboration … Continue reading Yes you can replicate
A bias too far Not so long ago most of the stuff published on behavioural economics and behavioural science had a limited audience of practitioners and academics. It may have been a bit dry (the majority were scientific papers), but … Continue reading Popularity pitfalls
How Science Makes “Rick and Morty” Great The season finale of “Rick and Morty,” the Internet Movie Database’s fourth most-popular TV show of all-time, runs tonight. What started as a graphic parody of Back to the Future (minus the headache … Continue reading How does science change us?
Does Psychology Need SWaG? The Ethics of Naturalistic Experiments Diederik Stapel. Brian Wansink. Nicolas Guéguen. Anyone who’s been following recent debates over research integrity in psychology will recognize these as three prolific and successful academic psychologists who have suffered a … Continue reading Naturalistic experiments