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Ben Butina
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The least cool person you know.
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A few months ago, I started a podcast called Department 12. My goal was to translate IO research for non-psychologists. After five episodes of doing that, I'm rethinking my approach. There is no shortage of business podcasts out there for ordinary folks already, and there are none for IO nerds like us.

Is this something you'd listen to? What kind of topics would you like to hear about?

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Over on Facebook, we have a group dedicated to talking about how we can apply Confucianism to improve ourselves, our families, and our societies. It's quite active and anyone with a genuine interest is welcome. 

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Ben Butina commented on a post on Blogger.
That said, we ought to have doubts about the original study, even before any replication study is conducted. One study rarely constitutes settled science. 

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Ben Butina commented on a post on Blogger.
It's quite possible that the results of the original study were due to noise. The replication, however, differed substantially from the original. Most notably, the researchers tripled the pose time. But why? If there is a theoretical or practical justification for that decision, it isn't included in the article. Their response to this criticism was to reanalyze the data according to self-reports of participant comfort, but what connection is there between comfort and hormonal changes? (There may very well be such a connection, but again, the authors do not cite it in the article.)

Replication studies are hugely important. We need more of them. Lots more. But at what point does a replication cease to be a replication? A good argument can be made that dramatically increasing the time of the intervention crosses that line.

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This is the best and clearest explanation of indifferents I've come across. Well done. And kudos, especially, for admitting your ambiguity about virtue. Too often, we speak about virtue as if we have it nailed down. 

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Helen Mary Butina, born Valentine's Day.
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On Shakespeare.

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