When I was about 12 or 13, I made myself an "Achievements Book". It had things in it like "managed to flip a pancake by throwing it in the air" (trying to emulate my dad, I eventually got pretty good at this trick), and "got to the end of the street on my unicycle, and turned around … Continue reading Achievements
There's a new kid on the blogging block - The 100% CI - and I 100% recommend you check them out and invite them to your birthday party. As for me; I arrived a little late to the party today - specifically, to the party happening on PsychMAP around Julia Rohrer's 100% CI post on (mild) optimism … Continue reading Optimism, and some answers.
This post reports on two pieces of writing about women in research, and one piece of original, exploratory, research. --- The first piece of writing is by Alice Eagly and grad student David Miller; called Where Are the Women?; in a special section of Perspectives on "Scholarly Eminence"; the only article by a woman in this 9-article special section. It … Continue reading Where are the women (going)?
"Ah, Paul Rozin is sort of orthogonal to this whole debate." I can't remember who said it, but I do remember the tone: awestruck, almost reverential, but with a touch of uncertainty as well. Where does Paul Rozin fit in? Let's take a step back. "This whole debate" was referring to the debate about replicability … Continue reading Orthogonal
Ah, love, let us be true To one another! For the world, which seems To lie before us like a land of dreams So various, so beautiful, so new - Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain - And we are here as on a darkling plain … Continue reading Future Thinking, I
Just a quick note on (responses to) Fiske, now that her pre-publication peer(?) reviewed opinion piece has hit the web. Much has been said about various aspects of it; I just wanted to highlight this clever post because it captured my feelings so well: Sometimes (according to Fiske), people talk about giving up psychological research because they are … Continue reading Mess, Broom
I think we were walking to Aldi for some cheap crackers and cheese; for whatever reason we started talking about the colour of money. In Australia, the $5 note is pink, the $10 blue, the $20 red; the $50 is nicknamed “a pineapple” and only the $100 note is green. Bright bright green. Ivan asked … Continue reading Ghosts in the movie machine
A little while ago, someone argued on PsychMAP that going to conferences is a waste of time, money, and environmental resources - that your time would be better spent making connections and disseminating your research on social media.* In theory, I agree. In practice, I love conferences. I'd rant about how much fun I have at them, … Continue reading How I Got My Job
I seem to have developed a strange habit of reading Australian books in the US. The first day I was here (this time around) I read Romulus, My Father, by Raimond Gaita; and then Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. Last year, it was The Great World, by David Malouf - and come to think of … Continue reading Australia…na?
"Come here, John." I hope the episodic memory of mine that contains the sentence above, never leaves my brain. It was second year psych, Learning & Cognition, and Meredith McKague (the awesome awesome lecturer who was later to become my honors supervisor) was explaining to us the pragmatics of language. Because this blog post is … Continue reading Come Here, John*