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Post-Covid syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, and the recurring pseudoscience of mass hysteria

The people who want you to think that everything is “all in your mind” are back, their schtick now revised and updated for a COVID-19 world. Here’s the Daily Telegraph: … Continue Reading Post-Covid syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, and the recurring pseudoscience of mass hysteria

Fact-checking the racists: A look at the psychological approach of Ireland’s alt-right

Releasing the Genie Notwithstanding frantic after-the-fact efforts to rehabilitate the town’s reputation, there is little doubt that alt-right/far-right extremists successfully infiltrated that public meeting in Oughterard. The townspeople currently protesting the … Continue Reading Fact-checking the racists: A look at the psychological approach of Ireland’s alt-right

My letter to the BMJ on its “ambiguous editorial commitment to scientific rigour”

Here it is. I think it is pretty self-explanatory (nonetheless, I have added some additional context below the fold): Date: Sep 11, 2019To: <Fiona Godlee>, Editor in Chief, BMJRE: BMJ’s … Continue Reading My letter to the BMJ on its “ambiguous editorial commitment to scientific rigour”

I’m not saying Greenfield’s a pseudoscientist. I point to her pseudoscientific reasoning. That is all

Like a good sharknado, Susan Greenfield is (a) ridiculous and (b) back for more. We all remember this defence of her claim that internet use causes autism, don’t we? I point … Continue Reading I’m not saying Greenfield’s a pseudoscientist. I point to her pseudoscientific reasoning. That is all

My battle against dry eye: I never thought things would get *this* bad…

Readers might remember that I got nice new frames for my spectacles lately. Of course, the same visit to the optometrist revealed me to have ‘dry eye’, a condition associated with … Continue Reading My battle against dry eye: I never thought things would get *this* bad…

Suarez: Nature or nurture? BBC expert unable to specify, quoted extensively nonetheless

Reasons why footballer-biting-other-footballer resulted from nature (i.e., the passing of traits from parent to offspring at a biological, or genetic, level): “I would suggest he is hard-wired in this way. It’s not something … Continue Reading Suarez: Nature or nurture? BBC expert unable to specify, quoted extensively nonetheless