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Society for Open Inquiry in Behavioral Science

 
 

About

We are scholars and practitioners in the behavioral sciences committed to free inquiry and truth seeking.  In healthy scientific fields, ideas are debunked rather than censored, and their proponents are debated rather than punished.  Increasingly, orthodoxies, sociopolitical dogmas, and ideological norms have captured the behavioral sciences, skewing research, practice, and policy work.  We are dedicated to maintaining open inquiry, civil debate, and rigorous standards in the behavioral sciences.

 
 
 
 

Announcements / News

Founding Member Steven Pinker promotes open inquiry:

Pinker vs. the AAAS on the Politicization of Climate Change -- and Science in General
            By Jerry Coyne, Why Evolution is True
Before You Cancel Your Subscription to Science Magazine.  Is a Harvard psychologist persuading its editors to be reasonable?
            By James Freeman, Wall Street Journal

 

New book forthcoming, late 2022:   Ideological and Political Bias in Psychology: Nature, Scope, and Solutions

Edited by Craig Frisby, Richard Redding, William O’Donohue, & Scott Lilienfeld

The corrosive effects of political bias in psychology have been observed and examined by numerous scholars across a wide variety of mental health and psychology subdisciplines. In their review of the literature on political bias within professional and academic psychology, the editors and contributors have identified numerous problems with politicized psychology.

 

This text is designed not only as a treatise, but also as a reader for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses. It is the first of its kind to comprehensively explore the problem of politicized psychology in research, teaching, journal publications, clinical and professional practice, and professional organizations - and to suggest concrete proposals for minimizing its covert and overt influence in research and practice. The editors are pleased to showcase the work of over 40 eminent scholars representing a range of psychology subdisciplines (e.g., clinical, school, social, developmental, cognitive), who have contributed chapters on a variety of topics, which include: multiculturalism; professional psychology organizations; the history of psychology in other countries; undergraduate and graduate education in psychology; free speech; publication censorship; intelligence research; evolutionary psychology; racial bias and prejudice; moral psychology; punishment; memory research; sexual behavior and sexual orientation; gender issues; counseling psychology; and psychological measurement issues.

 

Membership is free and open to anyone who shares our commitment to open inquiry in behavioral science.  To respect the privacy of our members, our membership roster is not made public.
 

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Featured Founding Members

SOIBS members include many eminent academics, scientists, practitioners, and public intellectuals.  We feature some of these members here on a periodic rotating basis.

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Steven Pinker

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Roy F. Baumeister

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Leda Cosmides

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Lee Jussim

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Richard E. Redding

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George Yancey

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Michael Shermer

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Sally Satel

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Vernon Smith

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Elizabeth Loftus

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Richard McNally

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John McWhorter