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The ESPP talk

September 1, 2009

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Here are the slides for the ESPP talk on Evolution, generative entrenchment and bounded rationality. I have already blogged how it went in my previous entry. Advertisements

Report from ESPP ’09

August 31, 2009

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On the night train from Budapest to Warsaw. In my enthusiasm, I have written quite a long post so I’m putting it below the fold. The short version is that I loved ESPP.

Comments on Reluctance to Exchange Lottery Tickets – Introduction

August 26, 2009

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As a way to bring together some of my early thoughts on Risen & Gilovich’s work on tempting fate, I am going to write down some relatively unformed comments on their first paper “Another Look at Why People Are Reluctant to Exchange Lottery Tickets”. I plan to go section by section so some of the […]

Risen & Gilovich on tempting fate

August 26, 2009

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This is the first of what likely to be a series of articles on the work done by Jane Risen and Thomas Gilovich on ‘tempting fate’. A while ago I mentioned on this blog the research done by Paul Rozin and Carol Nemeroff on the contagion heuristic. The research plays a major role in my […]

A couple of talks at the ICPR

August 26, 2009

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The congress is coming to an end. My initial observations of the limitations of the field, posted a couple of days ago, have not been fundamentally altered by the intervening experiences. Indeed, my impression that the field has a very strong pro-religion lean has only solidified. For many people, the field seems to offer a […]

Talk at International Congress for the Psychology of Religion

August 26, 2009

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I have given my talk and have put the PowerPoint slides up on this site. The talk before mine, by Frazer Watts, in some ways prepared the ground for my own talk as it discussed the Boyer account at length. It made a number of the sensible objections that are out in the field but […]

Religious terror, child molesting and the psychology of religion

August 25, 2009

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I was about to go to sleep last night when I had a sudden realisation. I sat up in bed and, to check whether my impression was correct, grabbed the book of abstracts for the ICPR. After flipping through the pages and checking the title of every talk, I saw that my initial idea was […]