This is a placeholder; I’m going to edit in my thoughts when I’m done reading Scott Alexander’s post. But feel free to start the discussion in the meantime…
PS: Ok, I read it out loud to @bee last night and it was great. I added a comment there that I’ll repeat here:
This is a brilliant defense of the field and I’m really grateful for it! Another thing that I believe to be reasonably unscathed by the replication crisis is research on present bias (aka akrasia) and commitment devices. Phew for us!
(P)PS, not a correction to Scott’s post per se but maybe a correction to an impression readers will likely have. I don’t know if it actually matters but is interesting:
Hreha posted that article a full year ago. It reads as (and is) a perfectly apt reaction to the Ariely affair and I presume that when Hreha noticed it being circulated he just savvily removed the date from the article so people wouldn’t be distracted by that or write it off as insufficiently timely. (I actually checked the internet archive and he made no other change besides removing the date.)