I am currently a Senior at Bard College in upstate New York. My major is in psychology, and I have a particularly strong interest in evolutionary psychology and moral psychology. I'd like to clarify here some things that may be misleading on my "career information." The three Harvard labs that I listed under "organizations" were one's for which I have worked as a summer intern (twice for the Implicit Social Cognition Lab, and once for each of the other two). I am not an expert in anything. I have a lot to learn, and I appreciate the opportunities that TED provides for me to do just that.
The scientific method isn't applied with enough rigor to the world's most important questions. Scholars and laypeople alike tend to continue believing that certain hypotheses (H) are viable even after empirical data has disconfirmed the Hs' most important predictions, or after the reasoning on which they were founded has crumbled in light of new evidence. There are several "traps" that make this occur: The H is so terrifying that we panic about it rather than investigate it; the H is so uplifting or politically convenient that we don't want to believe otherwise; it's null H threatens to undermine our sacred ideological convictions, so we feel the H "must" be true; our career, community, or lifestyle is dependent on the H being accepted, so to admit that it's false would be to admit that we need to make major adjustments to our lives; the null H is too counterintuitive to take seriously; it seems that every credible expert believes the H to be true; the people we trust think H is true.
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