9 February 2024
This is a box from an in-press book chapter that I wrote with Jeremy Koster. In it we comment on unscientific and counter-productive norms in our field. We also suggest constructive reforms. Since the chapter will be buried in a book, I’m reprinting the best bit here on my blog. The google books preview is here.
2 January 2024
Franco of Cologne was a 13th century music theorist. He was also a head of the Catholic crusader order the Knights Hospitaller, the sister order of the better known Knights Templar favored in conspiracy theories. Franco himself held a conspiracy about threes.
17 July 2023
Yeah p-values suck. But replacing them with another metric is no solution. The problem lies deeper.
14 June 2023
One type of reaction to my post yesterday (here) was surprised disbelief.
13 June 2023
I’ve been in my current job since 2015. (previously) When I auditioned for this job, I said I would do it because it is a chance to work on research infrastructure and meta-science. I said the status quo is the biological and behavioral sciences is terrible. It makes little sense to invest in ambitious research projects when a typical researcher has no ability to define a non-null model of a phenomenon, to explore the implications of such a model, and to evaluate those implications with evidence. Success in the sciences does not, in the present day, depend upon those skills. But we should fix the foundations before wasting more public money.
19 September 2022
I will now roast myself and my scientific field. This is therapy designed to elicit self-criticism in myself and in my colleagues. The themes are real though. I have heard variations of them from diverse colleagues. This post coincides with this year’s annual Cultural Evolution Society meeting in Aarhus. I hope it incites some animated discussions.
13 September 2022
I was asked by a colleague here in Leipzig to participate in a panel discussion of “What unites quantitative and qualitative research approaches?” I don’t have well-formed opinions on this topic, and I’ve never written about it. So naturally I immediately agreed to participate.
2 September 2022
I’m very sorry but I am going to write about statistics and causal inference again. I’d much rather be doing science. I’ll make it brief.
6 January 2022
This story starts on twitter, but it gets better.
29 June 2021
Thinking Like a Probability Distribution
Hyakujō’s Fox is a classic Zen kōan attested from the year 1036 CE [link]. It is surely much older. It gives the story of a monk who is transformed into a fox, because he denies that an enlightened person is subject to cause and effect. He is later freed when he realizes his error.