Sins of Science
Aug16

Sins of Science

Racism is man’s greatest threat to man–the maximum of hatred for the minimum of reason. — Abraham Heschel I am outraged by the explicit racism that transpired this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, and I am livid at hearing others defend it. To quote Marco Rubio: “The organizers of events which inspired and led to the Charlottesville Terrorist Attack are 100% to blame…When [an] entire movement [is] built on anger...

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Is Love at First Sight Real?
Mar02

Is Love at First Sight Real?

And when love speaks, the voice of all the gods makes heaven drowsy with the harmony. – William Shakespeare I have a question I’m sure you’ve considered before: Do you believe in love at first sight? When you’re young and the world is full of hummingbirds and dandelion clouds, yes, I’m sure you thought your first love was instantaneous and all consuming. But as you grow older, as you memorize the number of scars across your heart,...

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Psychology Crisis? Not Yet
Sep02

Psychology Crisis? Not Yet

The characteristic of scientific progress is our knowing that we did not know. – Gaston Bachelard If you’ve seen any news headlines about science lately, you’ve probably read something like: “Out of 100 psychological studies, over 70% failed to replicate!” (sometimes, they even use two exclamation points) Recently, there was an international collaboration by psychologists to take well-known studies and try to “replicate” them, i.e.,...

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Confirmatory Bias (Boring Title/Cool Topic)
Jan21

Confirmatory Bias (Boring Title/Cool Topic)

Science is nothing but perception. – Plato I have a quick and simple game for you, that is, I’m going to present you with three numbers, and it’s your job to come up with another three numbers to test the rule behind the original numbers’ selection. (This may seem kind of tricky across the internet, i.e. how am I supposed to confirm whether or not your guess is right, but bear with me.) Ready? Here’s the series you’re supposed...

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Social Psychology of Christmas
Dec24

Social Psychology of Christmas

There are three stages of man: he believes in Santa Claus; he does not believe in Santa Claus; he is Santa Claus. — Bob Phillips With Christmas just tomorrow, I decided to give you, dear reader, a present. That is, today’s bit of psychophilosophy comes to you in the form of a holiday poem. Enjoy! ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Well, not a mouse with a...

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