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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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On conformism among social psychologists

This post was first published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. In a previous post on deliberative democracy, I said that people often attack deliberative democracy on the ground that people are ...

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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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Washing away our sins

This post was originally published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. A nice paper by Chen-Bo Zhong and Katie Liljenquist in Science about the "Macbeth effect" : a threat to one’s moral ...

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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 ...

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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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In praise of babies

This post was originally published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. No news in this post: its only aim is to remind us of how socially savvy babies are. A review paper in press in trends in cognitive ...

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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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The face of the thinker

This post was first puvlished in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. The hindsight bias is the tendency to say after an event happened that “we knew it all along”, that it’s not really ...

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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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God is dead?

This post was originally published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. Atheists (and religious people sometimes too) often think that people believe in God because it shields them from the fear of their ...

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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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