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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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Reassembling Latour

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

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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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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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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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