My three-year old daughter is now doing ‘science’ in pre-school. It’s all neat contrasts: stuff that floats vs. stuff that doesn’t; stuff that is magnetic vs. stuff that isn’t; stuff … Continue Reading Women in science ❤ pink! XXX
I’ve been playing a lot of Snakes and Ladders these past few days. I know it’s a game of pure chance, but I feel I’ve been getting quite good at … Continue Reading Snakes, ladders…everyone’s a winner!
Critics of science regularly suggest that applying empiricism to life serves to deny human beings their true dignity. Very frequently you hear complaints about sociologists, psychologists, and health scientists “treating … Continue Reading Embarrassing scenes from science history: Apartheid in ’85 “not all bad”…methodologically speaking
The week in six bits: 1. What would it feel like to touch a human brain? We’re always told it’s jelly-like and yet, when I held it in my undergrad … Continue Reading Favourites List (22.11.13)
The world of scientific publishing continues to excite. Long-standing readers will recall that I have addressed this topic before. My remarks have even been quoted by The Guardian, no less … Continue Reading A long and tedious blog post about scientific publishing
As we all know, the old days were the best. You know. Ye olden days. This is what I thought when I received this tweet alert from @ClaireMcCallion earlier today: … Continue Reading American Psychological Association promotes pseudotherapies. Again.
I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are ideally suited to giving another public lecture at the invitation of a student psychological society. … Continue Reading Forthcoming: On value systems, science, and psychology
Here are the slides from my lecture the other week in University College Cork. Kudos to the UCC Psychology Society for inviting me down, and for turning out en masse … Continue Reading “Psychology’s one-sided coin”
As part of my day job, I’ve been offering an elective class for undergraduate Psychology majors called ‘Psychology, Science, & Pseudoscience’. I’ve just gone and dumped the entire content here … Continue Reading Pseudoscience class. For free!
Well, kind of. Here is a video of the keynote lecture I gave as part of the #celt12 ‘Written Word’ conference held last June in Galway, Ireland. Why not set aside … Continue Reading At last: “Science Bit–The MOVIE!”
I have been reading a lot recently about the Irish Government’s decision to get rid of its Chief Scientific Adviser. My fellow blogger Maria Delaney has covered this well both … Continue Reading Chief Scientific Advisor gets the chop: Getting DNA backwards not the reason
I am totally on holidays right now. I even have a beard. However, I still function at an intellectual level (for all intents and purposes). Here are two minor updates … Continue Reading Quick media round-up is quick
So, lots of people (in the UK at any rate) are pleased at proposals to provide free access to the results of publicly funded research. Here’s George Monbiot’s tweet: This … Continue Reading Be careful where you put that paywall
I’ve been invited to speak at this conference next week — The Written Word: Writing, Publishing, and Communication in Higher Education — organised by the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at … Continue Reading Forthcoming: On ‘The Written Word’
For college students enrolled in science-based courses, ‘Research Methods’ classes can often be something of a mixed bag. The same is true for Research Methods textbooks. And I feel I … Continue Reading Remember, there are no right answers…
Yesterday I drew attention to a study claiming that students who bring water into exams get better grades. I made the point that at this time of year the media … Continue Reading Aside: More on the science of college exams