Ig Nobel winner Chabris: “Why Psychologists’ Food Fight Matters”

Ig Nobel Prize winner Chris Chabris and colleague Michelle N. Mayer wrote an essay, in Slate, called “Why Psychologists’ Food Fight Matters“. It begins: Psychologists are up in arms over, of all things, the editorial process that led to the recent publication of a special issue of the journal Social Psychology. This may seem like a classic case of ivory […]

Early computer-based analysis of scifi

In 1977, William Sims Bainbridge and Murray M. Dalziel wrote “New Maps of Science Fiction.” Published in Analog Yearbook [1977, pp. 277-99], it was one of the first carefully done computer-based social sciencey analyses of science fiction. The essay says (among other things): Our computer has generated many more maps of science fiction, enough for […]