I am generally nonplussed by birthdays. And I realise that blog posts about blog posts can sometimes be boring. However, as I’m an obsessive hoarder and a data geek, in … Continue Reading One year in: The Science Bit’s greatest hits
Last Friday, the Irish Examiner published an opinion piece by pop psychologist Tony Humphreys, presenting a re-hash of the now anachronistic view that autism is caused by poor parenting (the … Continue Reading How to argue illogically: Tony’s ten top tips
L’Oréal are at it again. Today the UK Advertising Standards Authority have once more come down hard on one of their advertisements, which has now been banned. The ad was … Continue Reading L’Oréal are at it again
My post on Dr Wendy Walsh — “Atheists die first”: CNN’s “expert” fights back — has been experiencing a spike in hits over the past day or so. It deals … Continue Reading “Atheists die first”?
Happy Solstice everybody! As James Brown (above) puts it, it’s time to hitch up your reindeer and go straight to the ghetto! This is because it’s time for Part 2 of … Continue Reading Scientific advice for Christmas (Original Soundtrack), Part 2
So here is a really cool poster advertising the lecture I’m giving for Cork Skeptics next week:
Typically, I get uncomfortable when I’m in the presence of more than, say, five other people. Therefore, you might expect me to be particularly perturbed by reports that the world’s … Continue Reading Seven billion Earthlings: So what’s the problem?
I don’t know much about Marie Claire, but it appears to be some sort of magazine/website for people who hate women. At least, that’s the conclusion I drew from reading … Continue Reading What women want…to be exploited by capitalists
As my day job, I’m a university lecturer in psychology (ssshhhh — don’t tell them!). One of the great pleasures of this role is running an elective class called Psychology, … Continue Reading Blazing a trail: Irish coroner declares “first case” of spontaneous human combustion
The world of book publishing is a notoriously fraught business, with science and academic books suffering particularly badly in today’s marketplace. Where once books were sold primarily in specialist stores … Continue Reading Kindle bargain: Whopping discount on science publishing sensation!
When it comes to questionable science claims in advertising, you rarely need to look further than the cosmetics industry. Just two weeks ago, two magazine advertisements by French cosmetics giant L’Oréal were … Continue Reading No, you are NOT worth it
Here’s just something for the archives. I rarely write book reviews nowadays (although I often get invited to do so), partly because they can become extremely time-consuming. After all, to … Continue Reading “Extraordinary people, ordinary evidence”
If you were confused by last week’s media stories about the latest review of UK science research on monkeys, then you are forgiven. The review, commissioned by the major British … Continue Reading See no evil, hear no evil…
Well, how about this then? Apparently, as well as undergoing simultaneous financial and banking crises on a scale almost never heretofore experienced by anyone, Ireland is experiencing a “UFO epidemic” … Continue Reading Six odd Irish UFO sightings
Have a look at this recently launched public health campaign, pithily titled “Stop the Spread“. It aims to address the problem of overweight in the general population. Co-ordinated by Safefood, … Continue Reading Stop the spread of the ecological fallacy
In case you haven’t heard, tobacco smoking is very bad for your health. In fact, it is extremely dangerous. It is associated with an astoundingly morbid gallery of adverse consequences, … Continue Reading Sit down while I explain…