Friday, July 10, 2015

Philosophers behaving badly


In a study on social biases on cognitive standards, Carole Lee and Christian Schunn examined peer review practices in philosophy and cognitive science, and discovered, among other things, that philosophers can be quite nasty in their reviews.
philosophy reviews noted just as many positive features of submitted papers, but then added more inflammatory comments in the rejection recommendations.The data suggest that philosophers, as reviewers, more frequently engage in inflammatory commenting styles than do psychologists in this shared intellectual world. Note that our claim is not that philosophers alone engage in inflammatory styles. Our claim is about the relative frequency of such behavior in this academic context.
 On the upside, while philosophers may write with a poison pen about the work of colleagues, they don't actually make their targets drink hemlock.

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