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Edouard Machery (Pittsburgh): “Beyond incentives”
17 March 2022, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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Abstract: The poor replicability of scientific results in psychology, the biomedical sciences, and other sciences is often explained by appealing to scientists’ incentives for productivity and impact. This talk argues that surprisingly little evidence supports a role for incentives, and that the little evidence there is suggests that they only play a partial role. To complement the role of incentives, an alternative explanation, “the enculturation account,” is developed.
Edouard Machery is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He works primarily on the philosophical issues raised by cognitive science and neuroscience.