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July 22, 2013 10:16 AM Are the Social Sciences in Trouble?

Nicholas Christakis, a medical scientist perhaps best known for his controversial claim (see also here), based on joint work with James Fowler, that obesity is contagious, writes: The social sciences have stagnated. They offer essentially the same set of academic...

By Andrew Gelman

June 07, 2013 8:08 AM The Medical Research Funding Squeeze

The National Institutes of Health has announced the cuts to medical research that will be required by the federal budget sequester. Although the new cuts hurt, the proportion of grant proposals being funded has been dropping for many years. The...

By Keith Humphreys

May 30, 2013 11:28 AM What Those Bicep Size and Political Attitudes Papers Are Really About

I was thinking some more about those two recent studies (see here and here) published in Psychological Science, “the highest ranked empirical journal in psychology.”Just to relive these for a moment, the papers are:“The Ancestral Logic of Politics: Upper-Body Strength...

By Andrew Gelman

May 13, 2013 10:31 AM IQ and the Nativist Movement

We welcome Diego von Vacano for a guest post on the purported low IQ of immigrants.**********************************************************The academic and policy worlds have been roiled by last week’s announcement that a Heritage Foundation study on the cost of immigration reform was co-authored...

By Erik Voeten

May 02, 2013 9:27 AM Keep Scientific Peer Review Free of Political Intervention

The US House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is getting involved in the selection of what specific research proposals are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The chair of the House Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tx) wrote a...

By Bill Gardner