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Posted inPolitics, Psychology

The extreme right: UKIP and the evolution of ideas

Reading Time: 7 minutes “I’m not a racist, I’ve got coloured neighbors and they’re fantastic neighbors” – An interviewed UKIP voter on the BBC.

Local elections have just taken place in the UK for a proportion of local councils where the electorate can decide which councillors will represent their interests in local wards by winning seats on their local council. UKIP (the UK Independence Party), essentially a break-away faction of the Conservative Party, the right wing mainstream party of the UK, originally set up to take the UK out of membership of the EU, made massive gains.

Posted inPsychology, Science

Psychology of Religion: Religion – a Hell of a Lot of Fear and Depression

Reading Time: 5 minutes This article is taken from the excellent podcast Reasonable Doubts which itself borrows from source material and commentary from Tom Rees’ superb Epiphenom blog. Thanks to these two great sources for the bulk of this article. Some interesting research has recently found out that there is a correlation between depression and religiosity. This goes against some research which […]

Posted inPsychology, Science

On Human Emotions

Reading Time: 3 minutes In reading Steven Pinker’s How the Mind Works, which has been a slow burner (both in terms of time taken to read it and time taken to get into the really interesting stuff [Now long finished]), I have just started to read about the importance and ontology of emotions. I

Posted inBooks, Psychology, Science, Sex & Gender

“Psychology Gone Astray” – an excerpt from an upcoming Onus Books release

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dr Caleb W. Lack, purveyor of the fine opinions and science over at Great Plains Skeptic here at SIN, already has two Onus Books publications:

Mood Disorders: An Introduction

Anxiety Disorders: An Introduction

These great little introductory texts illuminate the latest understandings on these conditions. Look out for one on OCD to come. Further to such contributions to the Onus Books portfolio, he is, with a fellow psychologist, producing a text called “Psychology Gone Astray: A Selection of Racist & Sexist Literature from Early Psychological Research”. Here is a post from his blog to describe the project. In reading the MS to edit it, I am finding much of interest in this early, pseudoscientific era of the discipline:

Posted inPsychology

Quote of the Day by Ed Babinski

Reading Time: < 1 minute I am hoping to have Ed Babinski writing the foreword to Beyond an Absence of Faith, an anthology of deconversion accounts. In a private email, Ed wrote this gem:

…it’s sad that many people either avoid reading books based on views they oppose, or they read them and STILL manage to slough off all the questions raised. The mind is a marvelously creative artist when it comes to finding ways to maintain whatever worldview it acquires rather than juggling and shifting between different worldviews all day long, which takes too much mental energy.