I came across this quote today in Sarah Deming’s piece in the New York Times: The truth is like a grease fire and we are like dogs. We can’t have it, because it’s burning. We can’t abandon it, because it’s delicious.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of theory in the social sciences. I think we can all agree that our theories tend to be qualitative, vague, and certainly incapable of making point predictions. Paul Meehl has written about this extensively. In most of the the papers that I read, it’s really hard to… Continue reading science vs evidence-based practice
The challenge of interpreting the [psychological, educational, medical, biological…] literature is this: The published report doesn’t tell you of all what you need to know in order to make an informed choice about how persuaded you should be. p-values are the de facto measure of evidence, but the meaning of a particular p-value is dictated by… Continue reading If it wasn’t preregistered, it was exploratory
I was having a conversation with two colleagues of mine this morning about how to introduce students to the “repligate” controversy and all that has come after in such a way as to make them appropriately skeptical of scientific claims without pushing them to the extreme position that all science (or at least all social… Continue reading Teaching skepticism
I’ll be blogging my thoughts about psychology’s replication crisis, the open science movement, and generally how to increase the quality and trustworthiness of psychological and educational science.