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Replication blues

The study we've all been waiting for and now what?

A group of researchers gathered around Brian Nosek and the Center for Open Science in Virginia have published a large replication study of psychological research from three journals last week. The negotiations over the interpretation of the results have started even before the virtual ink has dried on the article - heck, it even started . . .

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September 03, 2015

Ten-dollar words

It sounds like an academic, it looks like an academic, it smells like an academic...what is it?

I love my ten-dollar words. Since I can remember I had a problem of register. Another ten-dollar word, right there. Register. Register is what linguists call the mix of syntax, vocabulary, and pronunciation - the mix you adapt depending on the purpose of what you're saying, to whom you're saying it, and where. You don't speak in . . .

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April 16, 2015

Narrative structures

Thinking along Nelson Goodman

Considering my disciplinary uncertainties, I've been thinking quite a bit about how to write my dissertation. The literal how to - what's it actually going to look like. The first thing to ask was: Should it be published as a series of articles or written as a monograph? For most of my (psychologist) friends, this is a non-question. . . .

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April 07, 2015

The troubles of a wanna-be historian

Trying to be a historian of science is harder than it seems

I wasn't trained as a historian of science. Being an anxious thinker that I am, this of course causes grief. I mean the intellectual kind. The good kind, usually. The paralyzing kind, as N. calls it, sometimes. Just to be clear, that's the one that leaves you incapable of working. Since I started my PhD, not being a historian and the . . .

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March 26, 2015


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