Alphapsy Archives

Are humans innately bad social scientists?

I know, this sounds a bit extreme. How can the ability to do (bad) social science be influenced by our genes? Well, quite easily if you carefully read Robert Trivers’ last book (see reviews in

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From Sudoku to Spinoza: The Hedonistic Side of Reasoning

This post was originally published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog.We all have a friend who has spent some time trying to convince us that {insert here your personal bête noire, be it mathem

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How to Corax your theory of mind

This post was originally published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog.Don't know why I decided to take a course in Greek Rhetoric this semester... But readers will be glad to learn that I really

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Explanations as orgasms

This post was originally published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog.Explanations are necessary. Without them, hunter-gatherers would have trouble learning sophisticated hunting techniques and we

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Naive theories of gender differences in maths

This post was first published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog.An interesting study sheds some new light on the "gender and math" controversy, (in)famously reignited last year by Larry

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