Happy New Year! At least, I sure hope it will be.
What was blogging? Absolutely correct for that title to use the past tense. It’s striking to me just how many people who blogged during the oughts either (i) never gave it up, (ii) are trying to reinvent it (see Medium and Substack), or (iii) gave it up but miss it. In contrast, I’ve yet to hear of anyone say “I blogged a lot in the oughts, but gave it up because Twitter and Facebook are so much better.” On the other hand, I don’t see many people who never blogged saying “I’d like to give up Twitter and Facebook and blog instead.” So, [shrug emoji]. (ht Meghan)
Can you do Pavlovian conditioning on…[wait for it!]…Paramecium? In the early 20th century, Beatrice Gelber thought so and did experiments to test it, but her results were criticized and forgotten. A new preprint argues that the time is ripe for reassessment. I have not read this yet and so cannot vouch for it. Just passing it along in case you are interested; I plan to read and assess it myself. (ht Marginal Revolution)
A flowchart to help aspiring philosophers decide what sort of philosopher to be. 🙂 Very funny, and more than a little true. Somebody should do this for EEB.
#pruittdata only occupies the 4th and 5th spots on this list of the year’s most notable retractions? Gotta say I’m surprised. Personally, I think it’s a much more notable case than, say, some nonsensical paper that got retracted from an obscure Macedonian medical journal.
Life goals. 🙂