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Duane Watson
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A good tip on being a decent human being.
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I don't think psychology is about to come undone.
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Psychology is more than diagnoses - some of the social sciences can be arbitrary, but their ultimate goals are to remove arbitrariness, much like how the physicists and philosophers of old deduced the theory of gravity from (seemingly arbirary) planetary movements and the like.

Plus, I doubt this type of effort would go to waste in any field of science. I think even a more thorough evaluation process for articles wouldn't necessarily go to waste (e.g., +Kai von Fintel's post about retracted articles). Publishable results are obviously important, but (at least idealistically) shouldn't the search for knowledge and truth be paramount?

If only funding worked that way.
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Bad news fellow mac users. A fix is included.
There's a new Mac trojan that's been floating around, and it's terrifying everyone. It's written in an unknown language, doesn't even need your password to compromise you, and now it's apparently infe...
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"Although it may well be true that women often hurt themselves by not trying to negotiate, this study found that women's reluctance was based on an entirely reasonable and accurate view of how they were likely to be treated if they did. Both men and women were more likely to subtly penalize women who asked for more -- the perception was that women who asked for more were "less nice"."
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The team that originally programmed the ENIAC was all female!
We live in the future! I got my huge box of cyber monday 16GB usb drives in the mail today. The amazon gold box cyber monday price was 14.99$, meaning < $1 / gigabyte-- I think that's the first...
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i know, right?! I was so excited when I learned that (although at the time I think that the actual "programming" was considered relatively menial labor)
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This is great.  A must read for all academics (or busy professionals). 
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My brother documenting a 12-week experiment in the world of online dating. You'll laugh...you'll cry...you'll wonder who he'll end up with.
Welcome to my online dating blog, where I'll be chronicling my adventures in the madcap world of digital romance (I would have added a “misadventures” in there too, but I'm trying to stay positive). I...
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Quite entertaining and makes me happy that I am not on the dating scene.  But I am going to ask my wife tonight what she thinks of sex and gun play.
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I talk about Scott Fraundorf's work on disfluency and memory on NPR's Academic Minute. Bottom line: Saying "uhs" and "ums" in public speaking can actually help people better remember what you've said.
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And that's Lynn talking at the beginning!!!!!
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Holy fracknuts!!!! This is the most exciting thing I've seen since the iPad.... actually, it's more exciting.

go +Sergey Brin and +Larry Page! you guys are going to change the world (again) if these things work 50% as good as this video.*


* Yes, I'm sucking up in the hopes that i can get a demo pair of these googles sent to me under a 479 page NDA.
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chalk up another prediction to Futurama:
Futurama - EyePhone
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Poor Little Albert ....and a reminder why our IRB regulations are what they are...
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The lack of diversity in the sciences (and academics in general) is often attributed to a "pipeline" problem. Even though this article is about increasing the diversity of entrepreneurs in silicon valley, it's probably the best piece I've read on this issue.
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This will take hours to read—and I mean to read every comment. I've read the article and I will come back to finish the comment. In the meantime I'll point out that this very same dynamic exists in the field I've spent my life breaking into like a thief. I am a Creative Director—when I have a job. How impossible is it for folks to believe I do what I do? Impossible. As a black female Creative Directer I find the problems of perception are similar. Advertising design is an expensive field to break into. And as one commenter pointed out, merit is difficult to measure. It's especially difficult when the hiring manager has no idea how to do the job. So, cultural bias trumps actual talent, skill or aptitude. A person does not have to be racist for this cycle of exclusion to continue. The great council of ad agency leadership has been struggling with diversity—or the lack thereof—for decades. How to fix this when there can be no law to change individual perceptions and 'instincts'?

btw. I am one of the folks who believe that EVERYTHING microsoft should be blown to smithereens—especially powerpoint and word. I do not personally know and have never met the commenter who pointed this out
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