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 →

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 →

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. https://twitter.com/cormac114/status/994153428996718592 Cormac is right. The letter really is absurd. The RCPI Faculty of Paediatrics wants the Digital Age of Consent to be 16 years, but the government want it to... 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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