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Preview of Part II on a general critique of social and (some) other sciences

In order to smoothly transition to Part II of the general problems from the social sciences (or “social and behavioral sciences”), I thought the following would be à propos (no, I don’t know why I’m trying to sound more French): … Continue reading

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Is there a good reason to suspect problems in all research in hundreds of scientific fields? Part I

Not long ago, I was asked if there exists any general, a priori reason to distrust any research from the social sciences (the individual asking meant “social sciences” to include the behavioral/psychological sciences). Unfortunately and surprisingly, the answer is yes. … Continue reading

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Do researchers understand their own explanations?

Have you ever been asked to fill out a survey that included some statement (e.g., “I experience back pain”, “I have difficulty concentrating”, “I write blogs nobody in their right mind would read”, etc.) and an “ordered” set of responses … Continue reading

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Demonstrating disconnections with connectedness: How some sciences are more equal than others

There’s a long contested divide between “hard” and “soft” sciences. For the most part, this divide was always artificial and has become increasingly obviously baseless thanks largely to the interdisciplinary nature of modern fields in the sciences (and other academic … Continue reading

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Why Physists Lie: The Language of Physics

In every academic field, an absolutely essential component is to create a set of “technical terms” (i.e., jargon) so that those outside the field don’t understand what you are saying but you still sound impressive. Physicists, however, have been faking … Continue reading

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