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
[This article appeared in the June 2020 issue of the ‘Irish Psychologist’] As we all know by now, contagion is a matter of behaviour as well as biology. What we … Continue Reading Covid-19, Psychology, and the Politics of Life-and-Death Science
[I am currently writing a book on the history of psychological concepts. Here is an extract from the chapter on “Insanity”] * * * Efforts to suppress dissent are, obviously, … Continue Reading “Proud to be maladjusted”
It’s podcast time again — I am delighted to have contributed to the first podcast of the Psychological Society of Ireland, along with Professor Ian Robertson and host Máire Treasa … Continue Reading Podcasting Brexit
Here I am discussing psychology, the replication crisis, medical error, CFS/ME, the PACE Trial, political collapse, human extinction, and more… ‘Medical Error Interviews’ is a podcast out of Canada, hosted … Continue Reading Psychology in Crisis: My interview with the ‘Medical Error’ podcast
To be released in October 2019. Just when you thought it would be safe to get back into the water… Details here.
So this is Christmas; and what have you done? Well, this is what I’ve done: a whole lot of media, surrounding my public lecture on ‘The Psychology of Christmas‘ just … Continue Reading ‘Psychology of Christmas’ media round-up
The Sunday Independent ran a short piece on psychics the other week, in which I was quoted as referring to “unreliable forces” when I had actually said “unreliable sources.” My bad, I’m sure. … Continue Reading “Are psychics the new psychologists?”
Okay, the official movie — featuring full slides and audio — has been made… Thanks to Chris Noone for the soundtrack (from the official PSI EGG talking-head version); background to the keynote as … Continue Reading “The Point of Psychology (and How it Gets Missed)”: Director’s cut
Consider this a test post. Testing internet access from here (Hong Kong Airport- yay for free WiFi), WordPress access from here, and your nerves from everywhere. Popular Science are going … Continue Reading Being bitten by a cat causellates depression
This good is how: Thanks to h0norb0und for posting that to reddit. In a related vein, I will always, and forever, stand by the following screendump (of my own discovery) as representing … Continue Reading How good is Google’s semantic processing of our dumb questions?
Penguins. Nature’s best dressed flightless birds. Apparently, the UK climate is getting them down, what with all that rain. And contrary to meteorophobic stereotype, penguins actually like it sunny. So … Continue Reading Why give penguins antidepressants when they don’t even work?
It’s all bad news this week, I’m afraid. Literally. Not only does it look bad and sound bad, but it also has bad effects on you. It’s all-round baaaaaaaaad. First of … Continue Reading Bad things are bad for you. As are good things.
Everybody knows that it is perfectly acceptable to say anything you like about religion. Anything. Go on, try it. Nobody will care one way or the other. After all, for … Continue Reading Euphemistic congress