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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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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The power of mind

This post was written in 2006 by Karim N'Diaye. It was originally published on the Alphapsy blog. Social psychologists from Harvard and Princeton campuses report on belief in magical causation ...

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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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Know thyself, yes – but how?

This post was first published on the Alphapsy blog in 2006. The importance of self-knowledge has often been emphasized, from traditional lore to New Age gurus. However, there may be very different ...

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Long live the majority!

This post was first published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. "How should groups make decisions?" this old question is on the way of being answered, as researchers Reid Hastie and Tatsuya ...

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Reassembling Latour

This post was originally published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog A review of "Reassembling the Social", by Bruno Latour, a handbook that sums up 25 years of controversial research. Still ...

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Who thinks the Earth is flat?

This post was first published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. Less people than you think. Most people have the representation of Columbus valiantly fighting against the authorities and finally ...

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The naive theories of ‘Honey I shrunk the kids!’

This post was originally published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. Biomorphologist Michael C. LaBarbera has an amazing paper (actually a seven parts lesson) on the physics and biology of B-movie ...

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The Blushing Brain

This post was first published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. Moral philosophers have long made the distinguo between guilt (the awareness of doing something intrinsically wrong) and shame (the ...

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What is neuroaesthetics about anyway?

This post was originally written in 2006 by Simon Barthelmé and published on the Alphapsy blog. Martin Skov's Brainethics has a very nice post introducing bioaesthetics, a field that ...

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