Biological reductionism

‘Psychology in Crisis’ is now available

About the Author Imprint: 2018 Psychology in Crisis Author: Brian M. Hughes Publisher: Palgrave, London ISBN-10: 1352003007 ISBN-13: 978-1352003000 Click here to view on Palgrave Macmillan Click here to view on Amazon.co.uk Click here to view on Amazon.com Click here to view on Amazon.in Click here to view on Amazon.co.jp Click here […]

‘Rethinking Psychology’ is now available

Alright, there really is no humble way of putting this. My new book [*blush*], having been trailed as “imminent” for several months, is now officially available. In all good booksellers, as they say (and they actually do say this). I’ll be having an initial launch event in Galway in late April […]

Why ‘Inside Out’ is kind of interesting

Metaphors are powerful tools. Similes are like tools. And tools are — well, tools are just tools. Now, of the three statements just made, only the last (‘tools are tools’) is truly indisputable. And yet for many people it will be the least interesting, the least compelling. Such is the […]

Where Waldo is (or, The science behind why journalists now think there is a science to be had behind everything)

The challenge: You know the drill. Waldo appears in different places in different scenes. There are 68 locations, therefore 68 places. The simulation: Let’s pretend Waldo is not a guy in a crowd but a dot on a page. The problem: There are 68 dots representing possible Waldo locations. You must find the […]

What ‘Science By Press Conference’ looks like

Exhibit A: 1989 and Pons and Fleischmann announce cold fusion — an “inexhaustible source of energy” — at a press briefing in Utah, before they had applied for patents or published their technology. Too bad they were just plain wrong. I bet they feel embarrassed now. Exhibit B: 2002 and five-word […]

That story on sex differences in the brain, line by line

So, let’s take it from the top: Men’s and women’s brains really are different. No they’re not. This study did not look at anybody’s brains, nor did it compare the brains of one sex to those of the other. The study recorded responses to quizzes. Researchers say that if both sexes had access […]