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Things Probably Matter

A while back when I wrote about how China’s economic development might not have increased happiness there much, Scott Sumner wrote a really interesting response, Does Anything Matter? He points out that it’s too easy to make this about exotic … Continue reading

Why Were Early Psychedelicists So Weird?

[Epistemic status: very speculative, asserted with only ~30% confidence. On the other hand, even though psychiatrists don’t really talk about this it’s possible other groups know this all already] A few weeks ago I gave a presentation on the history … Continue reading

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What Developmental Milestones Are You Missing?

[Epistemic status: Speculative. I can’t make this post less condescending and elitist, so if you don’t like condescending elitist things, this might not be for you.] Developmental psychology never struck my interest in the same way as a lot of … Continue reading

If You Can’t Make Predictions, You’re Still In A Crisis

A New York Times article by Northeastern University professor Lisa Feldman Barrett claims that Psychology Is Not In Crisis: Is psychology in the midst of a research crisis? An initiative called the Reproducibility Project at the University of Virginia recently … Continue reading

CBT In The Water Supply

[Epistemic status: Very speculative,

Growth Mindset 4: Growth Of Office

Previously In Series: No Clarity Around Growth Mindset…Yet // I Will Never Have The Ability To Clearly Explain My Beliefs About Growth Mindset // Growth Mindset 3: A Pox On Growth Your Houses Last month I criticized a recent paper, … Continue reading

Growth Mindset 3: A Pox On Growth Your Houses

[EDIT: The author of this paper has responded; I list his response here.] Jacques Derrida proposed a form of philosophical literary criticism called deconstruction. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t really understand it, but it seems to have … Continue reading

Trouble Walking Down The Hallway

Williams and Ceci just released National Hiring Experiments Reveal 2:1 Faculty Preference For Women On STEM Tenure Track, showing a strong bias in favor of women in STEM hiring. I’ve previously argued something like this was probably the case, so … Continue reading

I Will Never Have The Ability To Clearly Explain My Beliefs About Growth Mindset

I. A lot of the comments I’ve gotten about Tuesday’s post on growth mindset have been pretty similar. They’ve argued that yes, innate ability might matter, but that even the most innate abilityed person needs effort to fulfill her potential. … Continue reading

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No Clarity Around Growth Mindset

I. Admitting a bias is the first step to overcoming it, so I’ll admit it: I have a huge bias against growth mindset. (if you’re not familiar with it, growth mindset is the belief that people who believe ability doesn’t … Continue reading