Author: Charles Hackney

Book Review: The Happiness Industry by William Davies

Review of The Happiness Industry by William Davies   Imagine a corporation.  In this corporation, the employees are unhappy.  Morale is low, motivation is absent, and burnout rates are high, due to a combination of crushing workloads, impossible schedules, idiotic policies, and lack of substantive communication between managers and those who are managed (fans of…

Book of Nature Episode 9: Psychology’s Replication Crisis

Who says psychology has a replication crisis? These people do: http://www.nature.com/news/over-half-of-psychology-studies-fail-reproducibility-test-1.18248 Listen to the episode here. Introduction and listener feedback. Psychology has a replication crisis… maybe. Do not challenge the Baumeister! What is replication and why is it important? How different fields approach replication. Do other field have a replication crisis? Positive results and the…

The Book of Nature Podcast, Episode #6: Scientific Virtues

Is being a good person necessary to do good science? Can doing good science make one a good person? Can doing good science make one a good Christian? Charles Hackney leads a discussion on the scientific virtues, based on the article Virtue and the Scientist by Jiin-Yu Chen. Opening banter Listener feedback Virtue ethics and…

Book of Nature, Episode 3: Is Psychology a “Real Science”?

In the third episode, Charles Hackney places himself in the hot seat and allows the two “hard” scientists to weigh in on his chosen field.  With fear and trembling, Charles moderates a discussion concerning the scientific status of psychology.   Welcome and light banter LISTENER FEEDBACK! Yay, we got feedback! Target articles:  “Stop Bullying the…