Mario Coccia (CNR): An Introduction to the Methods of Inquiry in Social Sciences. Katherine Hawley (St. Andrews): Social Science as a Guide to Social Metaphysics? Philippe Mongin (CNRS): Analytic Narratives: What They Are and How They Contribute to Historical Explanation. Dana Phillips (York): Ishaq v Canada: “Social Science Facts” in Feminist Interventions. Jonathan Feingold and Evelyn Carter (UCLA): Eyes Wide Open: What Social Science Can Tell Us About the Supreme Court’s Use of Social Science. What does it mean to do good archaeological interpretation? The introduction to How Behavior Spreads: The Science of Complex Contagions by Damon Centola.

Alexander Wuttke (Mannheim): Why Too Many Political Science Findings Cannot Be Trusted and What We Can Do About It: Assessing, Explaining and Improving the Credibility of Our Discipline’s Evidence Base. Online bettors can sniff out weak psychology studies — so why can’t the journals that publish them? Researchers replicate just 13 of 21 social science experiments published in top journals. More social science studies just failed to replicate — here’s why this is good.

Thomas Talhelm (Chicago) and Shigehiro Oishi (Virginia): Culture and Ecology (“Ecological psychology has boomed from a rare form of psychology to a flourishing field, including psychologists, sociologists, and economists”.) Seth Masket on the crisis in political science education. The introduction to The Decisionist Imagination: Sovereignty, Social Science and Democracy in the 20th Century, ed. Daniel Bessner and Nicolas Guilhot.


Jonathan Weinberg (Wayne State): “Know Everything that Can Be Known About Everybody”: The Birth of the Credit Report. “A collapse of the center”: Here’s what Jair Bolsonaro’s presidential win in Brazil and Angela Merkel’s weakened leadership in Germany tell us. Could one man single-handedly ruin the planet? Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro’s war on the Amazon rainforest endangers the world by accelerating climate change. From the Chronicle of Higher Education, what’s the most influential book of the past 20 years? The election is almost here — that means Mueller’s next move is coming soon. Wait, have we really wiped out 60 percent of animals? A former famous person explains how being famous is awful: Jamie Lee Curtis Taete interviews Justine Bateman, author of Fame: The Hijacking of Reality.


Willem van der Deijl (EUR): Is Pleasure All That is Good About Experience? Heather Murphy on why scientists are battling over pleasure. Money really does lead to a more satisfying life. Vladimir Popov (CEMI): Paradoxes of Happiness: Why People Feel More Comfortable With High Inequalities and High Murder Rates? A “happy” world requires institutional change. There is an optimal point to how much money it takes to make an individual happy, and that amount varies worldwide. Brad Rassier on 13 lessons to make you really, truly happy — maybe. Why prosperity has increased but happiness has not. The introduction to The Origins of Happiness: The Science of Well-Being over the Life Course by Andrew E. Clark, Sarah Fleche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee and George Ward.

Happy, healthy economy: Livia Gershon on how growth is only worth something if it makes people feel good. Why self-help might actually be making you less happy. A history of happiness explains why capitalism makes us feel empty inside: Sean Illing interviews Carl Cederstrom, author of The Happiness Fantasy. The World Happiness Report 2018, edited by John F. Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey D. Sachs, is out.

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