From commerce to public policy, cuts to New Zealand’s university humanities departments will have repercussions well beyond the so-called ‘ivory towers’.
SETI has been listening for markers that may indicate alien life – but is doing so ethical?
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Three Indigenous studies scholars draw from colonial histories and explain why listening for alien life can have ethical ramifications.
By training AI models, social scientists could more precisely simulate human behavioural responses in their research.
Large language models are becoming increasingly capable of imitating human-like responses, creating opportunities to test social science theories on a larger scale and with much greater speed.
It’s now pay to play if you want access to Twitter’s data.
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Twitter has long allowed anyone to access its data about who tweeted what and when. This has been a boon to research, from public health to criminology. The new fees put that research at risk.
It’s more necessary than ever before to re-examine the fundamentals of our economic order.
Psychological and social perspectives on economy that were developed by 19th-century philosophers can help us re-imagine economics with a human face.
Involving social sector organizations in students’ experiential learning allows students to develop important skills, and this can also serve as a community engagement and capacity-building strategy.
Internships and work-integrated learning for social sciences and humanities students can be part of how post-secondary institutions increase their capacities to contribute to social innovation.
The Coalition government showed a disdain for the arts, humanities and social sciences. The plight of these disciplines requires action from the incoming Labor government on three fronts.
Social scientists in Nigeria communicate their research results more among themselves than they do to policymakers and the general public.
It is the work of social scientists to understand how societies operate and, based on that knowledge, how populations can apply evidence-based solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.
Researchers found the letters X, Y, and Z make tweets more shareable. The nonsensical result shows how easily statistics can be misused.
Tight funding and COVID-related limits on face-to-face contact have forced academics to find other ways to expose students to the real-life work they are preparing them for.
Evidence can lead the way.
The International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO) will build bridges between policy and research, accelerating the UK’s recovery from the crisis.
A parishioner records an online mass from an empty church in Mabopane, South Africa, during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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Experts in the humanities and social sciences add nuance to the debate about how to respond to COVID-19.
The active and uninhibited dissemination of knowledge is vital for the advancement of knowledge.
The reduced rate of funding to universities (of up to 17%), per place, for national priority courses sends perverse messages to universities.
Poverty, inequality and social isolation have an impact on mental health.
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Social psychiatry has fallen from favour. It’s time to revisit it.
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Americans recycle only about one-third of the solid waste we generate. A behavioral scientist argues that with the right motivators, we could do more.
Interviews show Brexit divisions can cause tension but that people are thinking carefully about how to avoid breakdown.
A marcher waves a flag during the Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. on June 8, 2019.
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According to the General Social Survey, the percentage of men and women who identify as gay or lesbian has held firm. But the share of women who say they’re bisexual has skyrocketed.
Overselling slim results can get research findings into the hands of news consumers.
Breathless press releases, over-interpreted meta-analyses and other ‘crud factors’ mean that weak research results can get overhyped to the public. It’s time for a cultural change in the social sciences.