John Staddon

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July 22, 2022

The Faith of Science

John Staddon

It is an old but wise truism that the facts of science cannot provide a set of values by which to live.  But when the motives and values necessary to sustain it are strongly reinforced, scie......

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August 23, 2021

The Devolution of Psychological Science: Memes, Culture, and Systemic Racism

John Staddon

What does a successful model of social science look like, and how far have the social sciences strayed from that model?

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August 23, 2021

The Diversity Dilemma

John Staddon

Racial and ethnic diversity can contribute to greater intellectual diversity, but there is no guarantee especially if one group is easily offended. 

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December 30, 2020

What’s Really Wrong with America?

John Staddon

The “antiracism” onslaught the U.S. is experiencing is a result of a nation that cannot accept that all attributes are not evenly distributed across human groups.

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September 25, 2020

Variation and Diversity: A Tribute to Freeman Dyson

John Staddon

A model much in need in our times, Freeman Dyson challenged received opinion, “but his criticism was always designed to increase the range of thought, rather than reduce it to orthodoxy.”

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July 2, 2020

The Case for Carbon Dioxide

John Staddon and Peter Morcombe

The case that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are largely determined by human activity, contribute heavily to the earth’s warming, and that this warming portends catastrophic consequence......

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March 23, 2020

Facts vs. Passion: The Debate over Science-Based Regulation

John Staddon

Historian of science Naomi Oreskes’s attack on a proposal to raise the scientific standards utilized by federal regulatory bodies—and on the National Association of Scholars, which support......

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January 2, 2020

College Admissions Ride the Equality Roundabout

John Staddon

America’s institutions of higher education face an intractable problem: excellence and equality—the two principles college admissions offices are ostensibly committed to—are mutually......

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May 31, 2019

Object of Inquiry: Psychology’s Other (Non-replication) Problem

John Staddon

Psychological science, currently embroiled in a “replication crisis,” has a more difficult problem concerning the use of statistics. Psychologist John Staddon points out that deducing the......

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