A couple of weeks ago I submitted a commentary proposal for Zwaan, Etz, Lucas, & Donnellan's excellent BBS article: Making Replication Mainstream. It wasn't about war (obviously), but I was on holidays last week and the proposal got rejected today, so... well, I don't have much else to say, but I'd love to hear what you think … Continue reading Commentary Proposal: Making Replication Mainstream
I'm on half-holidays this week - my boyfriend is required(ish) to go to Miami for a continuing medical education conference, and I've tagged along. Since he's at lectures half the day, I'm also working half the day, but the rest of the time it's all palm trees and beaches and mangroves and alligators! At least, … Continue reading Holiday, Recommendation
In an earlier post, I suggested that one way moral psychologists treat war, is as "just another context" within which our regular moral processes and preferences unfold. This treatment is rarely explicit, it just shows up as a random war-based scenario among a bunch of other scenarios, used to test a particular theory about moral … Continue reading Other Versions of the Relationship between War and Moral Psychology
Remember that Big War Study I've mentioned a couple of times? No? Well never mind; I'm going to tell you about (one of the studies in) it now! In the first few studies, we'd given participants a war with a "just" side and an "unjust" side*, and asked them to make judgments about soldiers fighting … Continue reading The All Encompassing Figure
Jonathan Phillips and Fiery Cushman recently published a paper in PNAS: Morality constrains the default representation of what is possible. The title of Jonathan's accompanying Aeon article is somewhat more evocative: 'But you can't do that!' Why immoral actions seem impossible. This article (go read it now!) fits neatly in with (what I think of … Continue reading All’s Fair?
I'm reading a novel called The Sound of One Hand Clapping, by Richard Flanagan. I thought I had read something by him before and liked it, which is why my parents gave me this book for my birthday. In fact, they gave me this book and two more, all by Richard Flanagan. So you can imagine my dismay, … Continue reading The Inevitable
I've been talking in my previous posts, and in my academic writing, about (potential) differences between peace and war and the moral judgments we (therefore) make in those two contexts. But what do I mean when I say "in war", or "the war context"? The dictionary definition of war is pretty straightforward. Mirriam-Webster writes that … Continue reading I Should Probably Define ‘War’
Here's the second thing (here's the first thing) I thought about on my way to Boston: "Research is me-search." Interpretations of this phrase probably vary, but I've usually thought that in my case, it wouldn't really apply: I have such limited personal connections to war. But then again, sometimes I "me-search" in the sense that … Continue reading Mesearch
Since I started this "series" of blog posts, a more-or-less regular process of post-writing has emerged: I jot down some ideas, or very loosely connected, scattered, thoughts, often on my phone while walking home. These ideas take the shape of a still-very-rough draft of a post, for example during a half-hour while waiting for dinner … Continue reading Process. Notes.
Almost exactly a year ago, I was on my way to Boston to visit my friend Rachel. Now , I am on my way to Boston again, visiting Rachel again but also attending a workshop on structural equation modeling. Last year when I visited Rachel, we talked a lot about research. She was a year … Continue reading Review