Paper: AGAINST PHILOSOPHY: WHY PHILOSOPHY GETS NO RESPECT; A TAXONOMY of philosophy & A REVIEW of the successes and failures of 20th Century academic philosophy & RECOMMENDATIONS for the educational re-engineering of academic philosophy departments (Zak Van Straaten)

[2019-11-06: updated the spelling] http://www.abstractdelights.com/no-respect AGAINST PHILOSOPHY WHY PHILOSOPHY GETS NO RESPECT A TAXONOMY of philosophy & A REVIEW of the successes and failures of 20th Century academic philosophy This is a pretty odd paper. At first I was very critical of it. But its really a hard job to diagnosticize what is wrong with…

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The low quality of psychology as a field, and how to improve science: reading material

I recently came across an interesting journal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perspectives_on_Psychological_Science_%28journal%29 It was becus of a recent issue about the status of psychology as a scientific field. Its both distressing and very interesting reading. Here are the papers: Editors Introduction to the Special Section on Replicability in Psychological Science A Crisis of Confidence? Is the Replicability Crisis Overblown…

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Paper: Do Bad Things Happen When Works Enter the Public Domain?: Empirical Tests of Copyright Term Extension (Buccafusco & Heald)

Do Bad Things Happen When Works Enter the Public Domain Empirical Tests of Copyright Term Extension https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2130008   The most interesting thing about this paper was the arguments put forward by the supporters of copyright extension. They are so distressingly bad that it seems pointless to empirically test them. Theoretical arguments are sufficient to show…

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Paper: “Positive” Results Increase Down the Hierarchy of the Sciences

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0010068     The hypothesised Hierarchy of the Sciences (henceforth HoS) is reflected inmany social and organizational features of academic life. When 222 scholars rated their perception of similarity between academic disciplines, results showed a clustering along three main dimensions: a ‘‘hard/soft’’ dimension, which roughly corresponded to the HoS; a ‘‘pure/applied’’ dimension, which reflected the…

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Conversation with Miao about guidance, selection of students, epistemology of getting rid of bad meme complexes

[11:22:42] The Midget – Miao: Who the fuck is Isstsidwmnh? [11:23:09] The Midget – Miao: [05:52:19] Isstsidwmnh: We have no capacity to falsify the existence of reality. That does not mean we throw away reality. In fact… that means we embrace it! [05:52:32] Isstsidwmnh: If something is too obviously true, then my only criticism is…

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