David Dunning’s work is featured in three articles across three different media this week: The Christian Science Monitor newspaper, The Atlantic magazine, and the Smart Planet blog. All cite the Dunning-Kruger effect, as it’s known: the tendency to overestimate one’s competence (and as it happens, the less competent someone is, the greater the likelihood of overestimating their abilities).
CASBS Fellow Steve Woolgar is one of the editors of the recently-released Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited. The original Representation in Scientific Practice, was published by the MIT Press in 1990, the work helped coalesce a long-standing interest in scientific visualization among historians, philosophers, and sociologists of science.
CASBS Fellow Paul Blanc, MD writes a regular online column, Household Hazards, in Psychology Today. This article reports on “pest strips” – whose toxicity extends far beyond the bedbugs and other undesirables they’re intended to kill.
One of the well-known costs of inequality is that people withdraw from community life and are less likely to feel that they can trust others…. Inequality is divisive and socially corrosive — but that it also damages the individual psyche.
Making the American Century, a new book edited by CASBS Fellow Bruce Schulman, has just come out from Oxford University Press. Among the book’s 15 essays on the political culture of 20th-century America, it includes essays by CASBS Fellows Leslie Berlin (Class of 2013), Liz Borgwardt (Class of 2011), as well as one by Schulman. The book celebrates the career of noted historian and CASBS Fellow David Kennedy (Class of 1987). Of the book, Schulman writes:
Lee Jussim’s book, Social Perception and Social Reality is featured in Paul Bloom’s “The War on Reason” in the current issue of The Atlantic.
In a wide-ranging article, Bloom takes on what he believes are misinterpretations of neuroscience and social psychology, contesting the view that people are largely irrational and unaware of what influences their decision-making. Demonstrating that some unconscious influence on behavior is statistically significant in the lab, he argues, is a far cry from refuting the existence of willpower, freedom of choice, and rationality.
CASBS Fellow and Professor of Philosophy Sam Fleischacker has been named one of several Researchers of the Year at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Bestowed by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the honor recognizes “the efforts and commitment of researchers who have demonstrated outstanding research achievements to advance the knowledge in their field of expertise.”
Fleischacker, who won the award in in Art, Architecture, and the Humanities, is a prolific scholar. Over the past three years, he has produced two major books, which bring philosophy to bear upon current societal issues, helping inform political debate.