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  • Feeling grumpy 'is good for you'

    I'll take that as vindication.
    In a bad mood? Don't worry - according to research, it's good for you.
    An Australian psychology expert who has been studying emotions has found being grumpy makes us think more clearly.
    In contrast to those annoying happy types, miserable people are better at decision-making and less gullible, his experiments showed.
    While cheerfulness fosters creativity, gloominess breeds attentiveness and careful thinking, Professor Joe Forgas told Australian Science Magazine.
    (tip to Brad)

  • Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Screwing Up
    Kevin Dunbar is a researcher who studies how scientists study things — how they fail and succeed. In the early 1990s, he began an unprecedented research project: observing four biochemistry labs at Stanford University. Philosophers have long theorized about how science happens, but Dunbar wanted to get beyond theory. He wasn’t satisfied with abstract models of the scientific method — that seven-step process we teach schoolkids before the science fair — or the dogmatic faith scientists place in logic and objectivity. Dunbar knew that scientists often don’t think the way the textbooks say they are supposed to. He suspected that all those philosophers of science — from Aristotle to Karl Popper — had missed something important about what goes on in the lab. (As Richard Feynman famously quipped, “Philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds.”) So Dunbar decided to launch an “in vivo” investigation, attempting to learn from the messiness of real experiments.

  • Greta Christina on atheism

  • Prayer Works

    In a funny sort of way.
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Of course, I knew about Penzias & Wilson discovering the background radiation that is so important as evidence for the Big Bang. What I didn't know was that is was Dicke who understood what their observations meant. That reminds me of the opposite case: Watson saw Rosalind Franklin's data and Crick immediately understtod what it meant. Watson and Crick win the Nobel prize for interpreting Franklin's data and Penzias & Wilson win the Nobel prize for data that Dicke interpreted. Moral of story: Feynman was right – "honors" in science suck.

bad science? grumpy is good for you

In a bad mood? Don't worry - according to research, it's good for you.

uh, maybe people who are less gullible and more critical of the world to begin with appear grumpy...not the other way around.


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