Tag Archives: Social Science

Moczek in Nature: “The origins of novelty in evolutionary biology”

“Treehoppers are insects that would resemble miniature cicadas were it not for the presence of the helmet. This structure appears to reside on top of the animal’s thorax, and extends dorsally, and in remarkably varied ways, to mimic thorns, animal … Continue reading

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Pathological science in Goodstein’s “On Fact and Fraud”

“Cold Fusion is a pariah scientific field founded by Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann. Cold fusion papers were almost never published in refereed scientific journals, with the result that those articles didn’t receive the normal critical scrutiny that science requires. Although there is … Continue reading

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The Ortega hypothesis in Goodstein’s “On Fact and Fraud”

“Science is a true meritocracy, however, it is important to be in the right place at the right time.” The Ortega hypothesis: “Financial support for doing science and access to scientific facilities should be shared democratically, not concentrated in the hands of a … Continue reading

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Nichols in Science, “Experimental Philosophy and the Problem of Free Will”

“Many central philosophical problems—such as problems concerning free will, morality, and consciousness—have their roots in our ordinary ways of understanding the world. It takes no special training to come to appreciate questions like “How can a material object be conscious?” … Continue reading

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Miller in Science, “Why loneliness is hazardous to your health”

“John Cacioppo, a social psychologist at the University of Chicago in Illinois, studies the biological effects of loneliness. In a steady stream of recent papers, he and collaborators have identified several potentially unhealthy changes in the cardiovascular, immune, and nervous … Continue reading

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Google Books Team introduces “culturomics” in Science Magazine

“Google Books has digitized over fifteen million books: over 11% of all the books ever published (about 129 million book editions). The Google Books collection contains over five billion pages and two trillion words, with books dating back to as early as 1473 … Continue reading

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