September 12, 2014

9:31 PM | New Ethics Code to Bind Behavior Analysts January 1, 2016
The Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) recently issued a special September ethics edition of its newsletter (BACB, September, 2014). It announced their new Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts, version September 10, 2014 (BACB, August, 2014) which will bind all BACB "certificants and registrants" to their new rules on its effective date, January 1, 2016.Their Guidelines for Responsible Conduct (BACB, 2013) and their Disciplinary and Ethical Standards […]

August 31, 2014

8:51 PM | Complacent in earthquake country.
A week ago, there was a 6.0 earthquake North of San Francisco. I didn’t feel it, because I was with my family in Santa Barbara that weekend. Even if we had been home, it’s not clear that... -- Read more on

August 30, 2014

4:28 PM | Fall semester musing on numbers.
The particular numbers on which I’m focused aren’t cool ones like pi, although I suspect they’re not entirely rational, either. I teach at a public university in a state whose... -- Read more on

August 27, 2014

4:23 PM | Help Stop Ebola with this One Simple Trick!*
I mean, other than donating to aid organizations that desperately need help, that is. See, yesterday, it was revealed there was yet another Western person being treated with ZMapp. Yep, that experimental drug that the world supposedly ran out of … Continue reading →

August 25, 2014

2:44 PM | Know Your Species: SUDV vs. EBOV
Last night, it was confirmed that at least some of the hemorrhagic deaths in a remote area of the Democratic Republic of Congo are from an ebolavirus–but it looks like it’s species Sudan ebolavirus (SUDV), rather than the one ravaging … Continue reading →

August 22, 2014

8:56 PM | If I’m Gonna Drop Anything, It’ll be Bricks, Not Names
I really hate having to justify myself. I hate having to roll out “credentials” and be constantly challenged on whether or not I have the “right” to discuss philosophy or ethics, or why I am actually offering a bit more … Continue reading →

August 20, 2014

6:22 AM | Behavior Analysts to Children with Disabilities: Dissent Is Not Allowed
Image SourceAlthough their academic literature stresses alternatives to punishment, Board Certified Behavior Analysts can easily ignore or even punish children who complain about their punishments. According to the consent language of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board's conduct "guidelines" for behavior analysts, if a child or incapacitated adult says, "Leave me alone," and a parent or guardian signs a legally-written informed consent document to an individual's behavior change program, […]

August 17, 2014

5:19 PM | Aid Organizations Working in Ebola Regions
Last night, Ian Mackay posted this very disturbing logistics/supply chain chart, showing that some personal protective equipment stock in countries battling Ebola are at “zero” – and have been for a while. Articles from the

August 16, 2014

2:50 PM | No, American Doctors, You Don’t Need Tyvek In Case of Ebola
One of the more interesting aspects of the constant media coverage of the latest Ebola outbreak has been watching how developed nations like the United States, Britain, and Canada assume that the entire world is Just Like Them. The Seattle … Continue reading →
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