“…a theory in science is …a logical construct of how we think something works, generally agreed upon by scientists and always in agreement with the available observations.”

“But theories are abstract, after all, so it’s easy for people to get tricked into thinking that because something is based on theory, it could very likely be wrong or is debatable in the same way that a social issue is debatable. This is incorrect. Almost all the accepted theories that we use in the physical and biological sciences are not open to different interpretations depending on someone’s opinion, internal beliefs, gut feelings, or lobbying. In the science world, two and two make four. To change or modify a theory, as Einstein’s theories modified Newton’s, takes tremendous effort and a huge weight of experimental evidence.”

How One Foundation Created Behavioral Economics

A Sense of Mission: The Alfred P. Sloan and
Russell Sage Foundation’s Behavioral Economics Program (1984-1992)
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/02/11/business/following-the-money-but-also-the-mind.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

Floris Heukelom
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
Radboud University Nijmegen
Netherlands

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The Human Brian is Just Bigger Not Special or Exceptional

The myth of human biological and brain specialness, called exceptionalism, is used as the basis for most of modern and pop psychology and neuro-stuff.   It is not only wrong but badly wrong and dishonestly misleading.  it is also an obstacle to good new ideas and waste of lots of time and research money.  But since this set of false beliefs fits our magical cultural beliefs in humans being special it sells really well.  Bad ideas that lie about things wish to be true always are popular.

A new study however, is a first stake in the hear of this zombie and undead idea below is a digest of some of the paper. Continue reading