Dec 7, 2019
PsychTable.org is a revolutionary new online mass-collaborative initiative that will unite the human behavioral sciences into a single dynamic reference tool for use by researchers and the public alike. The team behind the site are seeking funds with their live crowdfunding campaign.
Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 20th, 2019: PsychTable.org is the first-ever scientific initiative of its kind, an unprecedented step toward classifying and organizing the evolved psychological adaptations (EPAs) of the human mind. In the spirit of open science for all, its mission is to provide a collaborative, centralized reference tool that is accessible for scientists, educators, students, and the general public alike.
Renowned Harvard University psychology professor Steven Pinker, Ph.D., says of PsychTable, "It is an intriguing project, with the promise of stimulating reflection and further research."
"PsychTable.org is the long-awaited foundation for psychology that was first envisioned by Darwin -- a catalog of each evolved ‘mental power and capacity,’ and a Gray’s Anatomy of human psychological adaptations," says Loyola Marymount professor of psychology Michael E. Mills, Ph.D.
PsychTable.org gives scientists, educators, students, and the general public a comprehensive database to explore and evaluate the evidence for hundreds of proposed EPAs for easy reference and comparison. Examples of human EPAs include color vision, love, thirst, and the universal wariness around snakes. PsychTable.org provides a snapshot of the current state of knowledge in the evolutionary behavioral sciences, enabling users to quickly discover new research opportunities with respect to these EPAs.
Users can also rate how well these sources support or challenge the existence of the EPAs that make up the human mind. With these user ratings, PsychTable employs a statistical algorithm to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to support the existence of each EPA. PsychTable then classifies and organizes these EPAs into a free open-science reference tool, allowing anyone in the world to explore the most up-to-date findings on our shared human psychology. In this way, PsychTable serves two roles: 1) as a classification table such as the Periodic Table of the Elements or Gray’s Anatomy and 2) as a dynamic platform from which research can be critiqued, expanded, and produced.
Without PsychTable, anyone wishing to learn about any particular EPA would have to scour decades’ or even centuries’ worth of research scattered across dozens of disciplines to come up with a sense of the overall scientific consensus. This is a practically impossible feat, given the difficulty of tracking down and accessing all literature about any single topic, the absence of a centralized resource to consult, and the extensive expert knowledge it would take to read and understand literature from diverse disciplines from genetics to philosophy. PsychTable neatly solves all of these problems by acting as a single comprehensive, highly accessible resource.
The project has garnered acclaim from distinguished scholars and scientists, but it has not yet reached its potential due to lack of funding. A crowdfunding campaign is currently underway at https://www.gofundme.com/psychtableorg to help turn this groundbreaking idea into reality. With the right funding, top web designers and developers can be hired to bring the platform to life. The initial blueprint is already prepared, as is the user experience strategy. When PsychTable is fully up and running, it has the potential to revolutionize not only the human behavioral sciences, but also the way science is conducted and communicated, as well as the way we understand ourselves.
Anyone interested in learning more about this groundbreaking project can visit https://www.psychtable.org/.
PsychTable is an open-science digital platform devoted to uncovering the richness and complexity of human behavior in order to cultivate a fuller understanding of ourselves and our world. Find our platform at www.psychtable.org.
Advance Praise for PsychTable.org
"An intriguing project, with the promise of stimulating reflection and further research."
-Steven Pinker, Ph.D., Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology,
"This is an extremely ambitious and welcome venture. To catalog information not just by species and group (so to speak) but also by logic and evidence is to provide a much deeper and more valuable intellectual resource for the user..."
-Robert L. Trivers, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences,
"An innovative and useful tool that will help integrate, organize, and jump start a promising new field."
-Gordon G. Gallup, Jr., Ph.D., Professor of Psychology,
State University of New York at Albany
"Open access meets open inquiry at this site where evidence for each hypothesis is critically evaluated on a case-by-case basis, free of the bias of programmatic agendas."
-David J. Buller, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Professor,
Northern Illinois University
"One symptom of a maturing discipline is the capacity to describe all the elements of the discipline’s domain in a conceptually coherent way. The taxonomy building proposed in PsychTable is an ambitious beginning for this much needed framework. A second symptom of a maturing discipline is the capacity for the investigator community to engage in ongoing public "doubt" of claims within its domain. This relentless falsification is how we ultimately work our way to sound, bedrock consensus. PsychTable is also beautifully designed to support this second essential endeavor. We eagerly look forward to watching this locus of insight grow and develop."
-Paul M. Bingham, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology &
Joanne Souza, Lecturer of Biochemistry and Cell Biology,
Stony Brook University
"A landmark project for the field of Evolutionary Psychology. PsychTable will allow for information on the basic human psychological adaptations to be collected and organized in one easy-to-access place. It will be a go-to source for researchers and students, and it will be a major engine that will drive future work in the field."
-Glenn Geher, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, EvoS Program Director,
State University of New York at New Paltz
"PsychTable.org is the long-awaited foundation for psychology that was first envisioned by Darwin-- a catalog of each evolved 'mental power and capacity', and a
Gray's Anatomy of human psychological adaptations."
-Michael Mills, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology,
Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles
"There have been quite a few occasions on which I wished there were the sort of summary information that this proposed taxonomy will provide. I wish this project well."
-Donald E. Brown, Ph.D., Biosocial Professor Emeritus of Anthropology,
Author of Human Universals, The University of California at Santa Barbara
"The PsychTable project is wonderful new initiative. It offers a great research tool for social scientists interested in the evolutionary origins of social behavior, and can further develop the much-needed integration between the social and biological sciences."
-Mark van Vugt, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology,
VU University Amsterdam
"This ambitious and important initiative has the potential to be a momentous endeavor in providing scholars, students and the general public with an easily accessible synthesis for advancing the study and categorization of our evolved psychology."
-Andrew C. Gallup, Ph.D., Assistant Professor,
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
"PsychTable fills a conspicuous lacuna in the landscape of computational biology, which does not contain any project devoted to human psychological and behavioral adaptations. Accordingly, having a shared basis in fact and theory to be found in a central data store such as will result from PsychTable will be of particular value to researchers."
-Adam M. Goldstein, Ph.D., Science Instructor,
Uncommon Schools Brooklyn
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