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?
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
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
One of my early motivations for studying the morality of war in contrast to the morality of peace (or, "everyday morality") was that war has been around for a long time , and has long been tied to intragroup cooperation . So, to the extent that we have reliable intuitions about harm in general, I … Continue reading Changing Times, Changing Minds
Today is the International Day of Peace, also known as Peace Day. What better day to... blog about war? I'm going to stick to my Monday schedule, but I wanted to take this opportunity to share three things: This Spotify playlist, created especially for #PeaceDay. It's a pretty bizarre and eclectic mix, but I'm enjoying … Continue reading Peace One Day
The final post of the The Summer Series , in which I attempt to summarize them all. We’re approaching the end of summer, and after 2 weeks of accidental silence, it’s time for me to wrap up the series. I said we’d tell some “true tales of academic adventure and misadventure”, but have any of … Continue reading Summer Series Summary
If you look at my CV, you'll see that I have 3 published peer-reviewed papers. Let's not dwell on how small that number seems in terms of the academic job market. Instead, let's do dwell on how small that number seems in terms of substantial contribution to scientific knowledge, an outcome I care about at a much more lofty, less … Continue reading Why Open Data is Awesome – A Completely Self-Interested Explanation
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.
Morality is like vision: you can just see when something is wrong. And when you see that something is wrong, it feels objective, it feels like you’re observing something true about the world. The apple is red. Killing babies is wrong. Analogies are good. Metaphors, comparisons, contrasts - they all help us understand things that … Continue reading Metaphors for Morality
1. Emma Sky, and her book The Unravelling. I saw her speak last week (thanks to Sammi!), now she's on Q&A, and I'm reading her book. It's all so... sensible. And amazing. Stay tuned for more in depth review. 2. This blog post about "boring personality psychology", by David Funder. As a social psychologist, arch … Continue reading Some Good Things