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Pop social psychology

On our known-terrible ability to know our terrible inabilities, or indeed much else, about ourselves and others. Dunbar numbers, loosely defined;

BAHFest East 2014 winning talk: Michael Anderson explains the evolutionary origin, and implications, of the middle aged man’s atavistic need to flood the planet: Global warming as evolutionary strategy.

See also social cognition, science for policy.

He’s calling for more social science and deliberative non-positivist analysis, which is reasonable, although I don’t think it’s sufficient or feasibly part of the info-popcorn format of podcasts. I think there is other positivist science that doesn’t get a look-in too, but even with the whole smörgåsbord of science on display and optimally dot-pointed for mansplanation, are we ever going to really get deep understanding of society from such a shallow engagement?

Anyway, it’s more articulate than The Last Psychiatrists’s summary:

if you bring up This American Life I swear to Christ I'm coming over to set your cats on fire.
“This week on This American Life, some banal idiocy, set to jazz breaks” -- kill me

Nonetheless that one did stick with me.

Evolutionary Psychology

Sloppy thinking sub-heading.

Based on this review, I would like to read Anne Innis Dagg’s “Love of Shopping” is Not a Gene, for some evolutionary psychology amusement.

My favourite Evolutionary Psychology slapfight, because it is dead earnest, is the In Our Time Episode, where Melvyn Bragg is in magnificent form, and the barriers between ad hoc hypotheses are porous.

Bahfest is also neat.