The Psychology of Christmas

There is one. A Psychology of Christmas, that is. Here I am over at TheJournal.ie going on about it, as usual: In the 1930s, US President Calvin Coolidge made the following observation on the annual yuletide festivities: “Christmas is not a time nor a season,” he said, “but a state of mind.” For sure, Christmas... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

So apparently George Soros “can’t stand” Ireland’s anti-abortion clause because, well, obvs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhF2iq_5dPc;&rel=0 This is one of Ireland's very stable geniuses. If you listen carefully to what he says in this speech, you will learn that multi-billionaire Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros wants to "smash down" the "gate" (or is it a "shield"? or is it a "walled garden"?) that is the Irish constitution's Eighth Amendment, the "only... Continue Reading →

Jordan Peterson’s re-heated obscurantism

Nathan Robinson has written about the obscurantism of Jordan Peterson, and I'm not even the first to blog about it. Pankaj Mishra has been deconstructing Peterson's mysticism here, while Kelefa Sanneh's critique is here. After months of hysterical fanboy cheer-leading, it seems like this is the week everyone finally starts having a go at Jordan. It's... Continue Reading →

Standing up for Bright Club

It's tonight. More this: I need to tell you that the tickets are now all sold out. I'll be talking about binary opposition and null hypotheses (hey, I find that funny), so if you want to stand outside and tout your prebooked tickets to strangers passing by on the street, I will understand.

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