Saturday, January 24, 2009

Doctor Spurt

Hello, I'm Doctor Spurt from Effortless Incitement. In 'real' life I am a professional academic, working in both the humanities and science. I'm especially interested in the sciences of decision making, including behavioural economics, cognitive psychology, social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and neuroeconomics.

More generally, I'm concerned to defend quality thinking. Our chances of achieving worthwhile objectives depend (partly) on having mostly true beliefs. And our chances of having mostly true beliefs depend (partly) on the quality of our thinking, which means avoiding fallacious inferences, and using the best available evidence in responsible ways. Mostly that means following the best science of the day. But lots of people are reluctant to do that, and there's money to be made exploiting the gullible, and attacking science is often part of the process. I'm committed to spending some of my time fighting the science bashers and evidence abusers. I do it a bit in 'real' life, a bit through my blog, and I'm looking forward to doing a bit more right here at The Intrepid Aardvark.

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