science communication

The Triumph of Eminence-Based Medicine

Lines are drawn A quarter of a million Britons are believed to have myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), the condition that sometimes overlaps with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). ME/CFS is a severe debilitating illness that renders patients either temporarily or perennially immobile. Sufferers will have often led very active lives before being […]

Those oh-so-convincing anti-repeal arguments re-capped (Greatest Hits version)

In the Irish abortion referendum, the ‘No’ side — those campaigning against the repeal of Ireland’s archaic Constitutional abortion ban — certainly had their work cut out. The way the Constitution was worded meant they had to persuade the Irish electorate to defend all of the following: (a) forcing raped pubescent teens to […]

This is on tomorrow, in which I talk about diversity and stuff (see how effortlessly I communicate with the lay public)

Psychology Matters. Old pun, new content: Yes, that’s me. And other people. Never forget the other people. In fact, in Ireland, tomorrow is a kind of national psychology day. There are #PsychMatters events taking place in cities around the country, including Dublin, Limerick, and Waterford, as well as Galway. The […]

Begging-the-question, conjecture, anecdote, false equivalence, and a non sequitur: those five reasons for raising the Digital Age of Consent

Cormac Ryan has been tweeting about the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and their letter to the government on the Digital Age of Consent. Its worrying that a group of medical professionals, charged with the care of children, would publicly state that they base their position on conjecture, supposition, […]

I will be attempting to “Move psychological science forward” in Nottingham on Wednesday night

But I won’t be doing so single-handedly, thank goodness. The kind folks at the British Psychological Society have asked me to be a panellist at their Fringe Event, on the opening night of their Annual Conference. I’ve got five minutes to pitch my solution to psychology’s various problems. Five minutes. […]