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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Who killed Gwen Stacy?

 Or why Superheroes need to know about physics' law of momentum conservation, causal deviance, possible world ontology and memetics.This post, written by Karim N'Diaye, was first

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Do psychiatrists believe in madness?

This post, written in 2006 by Karim N'Diaye, was first published on the Alphapsy blog.A short notice of a short paper investigating whether clinicians hold an essentialist view on mental

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Is terror management theory dying?

This post was first published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog.In a recent post on the psychology of religion, Hugo judged “dubious that we should be endowed with a fear of death so strong that

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Pitt-Rivers haunts the Musée du Quai Branly

This post was originally published in 2006, on the Alphapsy blog.On visiting the brand new Musée du Quai Branly in Paris last Sunday, I was amazed to meet the ghost of one of the most outdated

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