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Fact, myth and conjecture about human and animal adaptation
John Staddon, Ph.D.
Why isn't the SAT issue ever settled?
Should scientists also be persuaders?
Can a computer algorithm be racist?
Looking at a story of stereotyping through the lens of behaviorism.
What is the proper role for a professional organisation that serves both scientists and practitioners?
Is there more "noise" than "signal" in some areas of science?
Can research with animals advance human psychology? How trustworthy is a conservative commentator?
Should some issues never be discussed because some ideas might lead to policies we don't like?
Why do we hear so much about "gender disparities" when there are so many possible reasons for them?
Hearing speech you don't like can cause physical injury. Really?
Is modern finance a kind of engineering? Does it really power the economy? How big should the finance industry be?
Attitudes based on little experience can be changed.
Is President Trump's speech more noise than signal?
Our legislative system is unbalanced. Too many, too bad, too old laws. Malthus and Parkinson show us the cause. Creating yet another bureaucracy may provide a cure.
Is language really special? Or did it evolve just like other human abilities?
Are schedules of reinforcement an accurate template for education? Or is operant conditioning irrelevant? Is education all about 'intrinsic motivation'?
When is a gift not a gift? The hidden, but predictable, cost of real-life changes in reinforcement schedule
The US traffic-control is inefficient and dangerous
Operant conditioning is no longer at the center of experimental psychology: why not?
Who is the real micro-aggressor?
Why are good intentions not enough?
Income tax is a psychological as well as an economic problem. Is it fair? Does it provide the right incentives? Here's a simple way to think about a needlessly complex problem.
Traffic control measures in U.S. can distract drivers instead of reducing risk.
Psychology can help design a fair income tax
Can an amoeba suffer and should we care?
John Staddon, Ph.D., is James B. Duke Professor of Psychology, and Professor of Biology and Neurobiology, Emeritus at Duke University.