A home for experimental philosophy

I received this note from Mark Phelan, one of the driving forces behind the New Experimental Philosophy. If you are interested, by all means pop over there to participate in some experiments (or even better, design some of your own!!).

Thank you all for signing up to the email list for the experimental philosophy experiment site at http://www.yale.edu/cogsci/XM/Home.html. Over the course of the last week, we have uploaded several new studies to the site and removed many of the old studies. We plan to make more additions over the course of the next week. I invite you to visit the site and participate in these new studies.

Perhaps even more importantly, I want to tell you about our long term goals for the site, and to enlist your help in accomplishing these goals. As many of you no doubt know, experimental philosophy is a new and developing field. In the first few years of the field, many studies were conducted in philosophy classrooms. Sadly, it’s possible that this may have resulted in biased samples, given the philosophical topics experimental philosophers are interested in. Recently, experimental philosophers have begun to run more and more studies online, which makes for a more diverse participant pool, but, given the current “pay-for-participants” resources (such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk), can be a real economic drain on philosophers’, who have not traditionally had large research budgets. Our hope in building this site is to design a resource where experimental philosophers can run studies online for free, taking advantage of a large pool of participants who are willing to give a little bit of their time to help advance philosophical research. If this turns out to be a successful model, we hope in the near future to open this resource up to all experimental philosophers.
We thank you for what you have already done to help build this site, by participating in online studies. We believe that the key to the success of this project is building an email list of participants to notify as new studies arise. By signing up for this list, you have already helped us do this. But now we would like to invite you to do something more to help the project. I am attaching to this email several logos we have designed for the website (found at the bottom of the post, and in the image at the top). I invite you to post these on your Facebook, Myspace, or (even) personal webpage, or to forward these through Twitter with a link to our website, at: http://www.yale.edu/cogsci/XM/Home.html.
With your help, I believe we can grow this into the premier site for online research in experimental philosophy.
Sincerely,
Mark Phelan
Lawrence University
Notice: Study responses remain completely anonymous and are never tied to your email address. These are collected and stored in different places.

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