“Authority is not truth, when it comes to Science.”
Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett.
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Let's be aware of our biases and keep this real. Richard P. Feynman, Nobel Laureate in physics, put it best: “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool ” (Feynman, 1974). It is critical to our exploration to avoid sweeping conclusions based solely on anecdote, small sample sizes, poorly controlled experimental conditions, or experimental conditions that do not match our work conditions. You and I will attempt to make logical decisions supported by credible evidence. We will encourage the development of hypotheses and the investigations designed to support and refute them.
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Campbell, G. (2017, July 31). Brain Science Podcast 135 [Audio blog post]. Retrieved October 12, 2017, from http://brainsciencepodcast.com .
Feynman, R. Caltech commencement address, 1974.