The blog Skulls in the Stars (“physics, pulp fantasy, horror fiction and a bit of politics”) has challenged science bloggers to “read and research an old, classic scientific paper and write a blog post about it.” In response, the excellent psychology blog Cognitive Daily has decided to devote a week’s worth of blog postings to the history of psychology.
Their first installment is a summary of Hermann Ebbinghaus’ legendary experiments on memory, first published in 1885. And as far as it goes, it is a quite good summary. The aim is commemoration and celebration. There is no effort to situate Ebbinghaus’ work in its historical context. Nevertheless, it is nice to see a prominent psychology blog take up the discipline’s past.