How does psychology’s response to the replication crisis fit into a broader history of science? In this episode we discuss a paper by sociologists Jeremy Freese and David Peterson that takes on that question. Are “epistemic activists” in psychology redefining what it means to be objective in science? Does a focus on reforming incentives mean we view scientists as economic actors for whom motives and dispositions are irrelevant? Does the last decade’s growth in meta-research mean that meta-analysis is the new arbiter of objectivity? Does a shift to a systems perspective on science have parallels in other systemic analyses of institutions? Plus: We answer a letter about whether raising new concerns when you’re reviewing a revision is obligatory, a jerk move, or both.
- Freese & Peterson (2018). The Emergence of Statistical Objectivity: Changing Ideas of Epistemic Vice and Virtue in Science. DOI, full text
- Twitter discussion about positionality statements in quant papers
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo
- Science as Social Knowledge: Values and Objectivity in Scientific Inquiry, by Helen Longino.
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This is episode 81. It was recorded on July 22, 2020.