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The dangers of “slippery slope” arguments against pseudoscience.

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  It is easy to get scientists riled up by staking out an “us” vs. “them” position in which “we” are the rational, methodical people who value empirical evidence over intuition whereas “they” are the ideological, unreasonable traditionalists willing to go with their “gut,” whatever … Read More

I’m all for replications and reporting of null results, but what about the bees?

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A bee at work

I may have seemed a bit hard on meta-analysis last week, but I should say that there’s really no way to mount a good scientific argument without some form of it. You have to consider results across multiple studies, and come up with some sort … Read More

Failure is not an option, it’s an inevitability.

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Failure is normal

I was on a rooftop at an OHBM party, chatting with Niko Kriegeskorte about the ineluctable cruelty and arbitrariness of nature when my partner texted from back in NYC to say she had just seen Werner Herzog on the subway. As an enthusiast of Hebbian … Read More

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