This happened last night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBepD4Mv9zw Host Claire Byrne's opening line revealed what, in retrospect, might kindly be seen as something of a naive ambition: Tonight, everything you need to know about next week's referendum on the Eighth Amendment. Wow, Claire. Everything I need to know? I mean, everything??? Let's just say that this was the... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Is it libel if the person actually said it? Oh well. This guy has been saying stuff. A whole lot of stuff actually. Today he's been discussing the forthcoming abortion referendum in Ireland: A COUNTY councillor has defended claims that the abolition of the Eighth Amendment will lead to sex slavery becoming “normalised”. Leitrim Independent... Continue Reading →
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. That should do it. I... Continue Reading →
I mean, how could anyone consider this to be racist? Two words making a generalization about a person's race in the context of criticism of that person? No. John Taylor is definitely not a racist. Using the clichéed phrase "Typical x" historically used by racists to dismiss 'lesser' races? No. Definitely not a racist. Here's... Continue Reading →
https://youtu.be/DDbx1uArVOM Michelle Wolf has exercised her right to free speech and the acolytes of America's telling-it-like-it-is President can't handle it: Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, told the Guardian he thought the performance was “absolutely disgusting”... In an interview with the Guardian, Spicer, who quit as press secretary last summer, was visibly angry... Continue Reading →
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 →
Ah yes, I remember it well. I was twelve. A Catholic priest brought me into a private room, on my own, and showed me a photograph of a naked boy. The boy was standing on some rocks by a river bank. He was trying to spear a fish with a stick, his tiny penis dangling... Continue Reading →
Project Fear has been ongoing for some time now. Here's a poster urging the plain people of Ireland to vote 'No' to the European Union's Lisbon Treaty back in 2008: I suppose you don't really need me to tell you what happened next. The Lisbon Treaty was eventually passed, after which EU paratroopers stormed into... Continue Reading →
Guess what. Vaccines are not part of the Christian creator's divine plan for the universe. We know this because they are not mentioned -- anywhere -- in the Christian Bible. So says this lady, as reported by this website. To quote: I just decided to just Google what the Bible says about vaccinations. There’s NOTHING in the Bible... Continue Reading →
Hmm. You tell me... It's all quite multi-layered. While depicting Dad as some kind of Neanderthal, the designers *still* manage to hold Mom up to unrealistic body-image standards. I mean, what could be more suitable for pitchside than a tight-fitting mini dress and high-heel pumps? And sporty kid is, well, obviously, a boy (with a frickin' bowtie,... Continue Reading →
John Bolton is back. Trump has made him national security advisor just in time for that charm offensive with North Korea. Last time out Bolton failed to get Senate confirmation, requiring George W. Bush to nominate him (to the post of UN ambassador) as a recess appointment. This time, such screening is avoided. Nominees to... Continue Reading →
https://twitter.com/rtepolitics/status/976510653581221888 Irish upper-house politics time again. Here Senator Marie Louise O'Donnell argues that young people should not be allowed to vote because, er, they used to be even younger: No to the vote at sixteen. No to the vote at seventeen. It's fine at eighteen. Four years ago, some of you were twelve... [Chuckles creepily]. Five... Continue Reading →
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 →
From the Guardian: Romanian court tells man he is not alive A Romanian court has rejected a man’s claim that he is alive, after he was officially registered as dead. For more, see here. I mean really.
https://twitter.com/gavreilly/status/974615360996507648 It's (groan) nearly St Patrick's Day, and so the Irish prime minister is doing the usual in the US of A. But this time, there are some new elements. Specifically, the prime minister (the official title of his office is Taoiseach) is newly elected and performing these duties for the first time. He's already had... Continue Reading →
Two thoughts come to mind at this time. Firstly, Hawking is to be greatly admired for being both a highly regarded theorist and researcher, and a genuine celebrity scientist. In this he joins very few who have managed to achieve fame in their own lifetimes by changing the way we understand the fundamentals of our universe.
These days, it often seems that celebrity scientists are not really leaders in their fields, and that leaders in their fields seldom become real celebrities.
Secondly, Hawking — at least to me — exemplified someone who practiced the role of scientist in its totality. He not only talked scientific talk, he walked a scientific walk.
By this I mean Stephen Hawking can…
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