Psychology is (not?) fine

Today I will be doing a turn. Actually, two turns. (Three, if you include tomorrow.) This afternoon I have the honour of being a keynote speaker at the Psychological Society of Ireland's annual conference, here in Wexford City (Ireland's "sunny southeast", where roadside strawberries come from, and opera). My talk is part of a special... Continue Reading →

The Triumph of Eminence-Based Medicine

Lines are drawn A quarter of a million Britons have been diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), the condition also known as 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 struck down. After onset, they are... Continue Reading →

Forty-one international scientists have signed a declaration supporting Cochrane’s decision to withdraw its controversial review of exercise therapy in ME/CFS

And I'm one of them. This is important not least because of claims appearing over the weekend that Cochrane pulled its controversial review due to pressure from brain-addled trouble-making "patient activitists," rather than for scientific reasons. Claims that Cochrane had been harassed were made not by Cochrane themselves, but, rather, by the authors of the controversial... Continue Reading →

Blasphemers of the world, unite

John Waters is/is not a professional contrarian who does/does not believe that blasphemy should/should not be removed from the Irish constitution:   Here is John arguing/not arguing the point back in 2009: The right to give expression to the religious concept of reality itself depends on the right to freedom of expression. If we move... Continue Reading →

I want to propose a new “Moral Panic Disorder” diagnosis to deal with all this hysteria about gaming and screen time

It is really getting pretty out of hand. Epidemic proportions, I'd say. Pete Etchells sets out the debate on so-called "Gaming disorder" in this thread on Twitter. It's well worth reading in full and in detail: https://twitter.com/PeteEtchells/status/1009407027813199872 Essentially, the current obsession concerns the proposal to issue ICD guidelines for "video gaming disorder" to be diagnosed... Continue Reading →

In two minutes, these (British) Gogglebox viewers produced a more cogent analysis of the Irish referendum result than the entire mainstream Irish media have managed in seven days

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fdW4e-p7XA;&rel=0 https://twitter.com/tvcritics/status/1002672832357203968 Every single talking point is spot on. Not just accurate, but highly relevant too. I know it's edited, but come on -- these folks are just sitting around watching TV! In a foreign country! (Kudos to @tvcritics for posting this video on Twitter.)

It’s official: Ireland’s abortion ban repealed by popular vote

For: 1,429,981 (66.4%) Against: 723,632 (33.6%) Ireland votes 'YES'. Careful, logical, critical contributions carried the day, outweighing the fake news, grim posters, emotional manipulation, attempts at foreign influence, church persuasion, alt-right hectoring, and brain-dead dogmatic pseudo-morality. We focused on the facts and the evidence. We relied on experience and expertise. We decided that each person... Continue Reading →

This. Just this.

From the Guardian's live results coverage: 11:07 Andanappa Yalagi, the father of Savita Halappanavar, who died of sepsis in Galway in 2012 after being denied an abortion during a protracted miscarriage, said he was “very happy today”. Speaking to Harriet Sherwood by phone from his home in Karnataka, in south-west India, Yalagi said: We’ve got justice for... Continue Reading →

This pro-life activist has a foolproof plan to reduce abortion numbers, and it involves only a *little* racism

https://youtu.be/7x_FbIh70ZE;&rel=0It is well known that around 3,500 women travelled from Ireland to Britain to get abortions in 2016, which, from a population of around 4.5 million, is a rather high number.So how does this anti-abortion activist from Ireland's Life Institute play down the numbers? Well, over to her...In 2016, the stats I've studied, 3,500 women... Continue Reading →

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 aim is to bring psychology... Continue Reading →

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