Category: science

  • RIP #1: The Beginning

    (Originally Posted on July 17, 2023) Hey gang! I’d like to bring to life a fuzzy thought that has been bouncing around my head for the past few weeks — infusing the lab with the perspectives/lessons that I’ve internalized over the years working in the disciplines of psychology (and the social sciences more broadly), the…

  • Ryan’s Important Papers (RIPs) — A Prelude

    There’s the old adage of “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” I don’t think that that’s true, exactly, but I appreciate the spirit of the idea. I love science, and I love talking about science. I’m a scientist by day, then I go home and do more…

  • The Bedrock of Human Experience

    “Although these points of view do reflect the prevailing empirical climate of our times, they fail to express more than a small part of the value of personal documents for social science. Properly used, such documents anchor a discipline in the bedrock of human experience, make the most of the predilective value of the single…

  • On Being a Peer Reviewer, and on Being a Semi-sentient Potato-like Creature from the 6th Dimension

    In science, we virtually never deal in absolutes. Especially in Psychology and the social sciences, we are exceedingly careful to acknowledge that virtually every aspect of the mind, mental life, and the human condition is insanely multi-determined, and there is almost never a one-to-one correspondence between Thing A and Thing B. With that context, I…