Category Archives: psychology

Innocent Questions

My daughter demanded I draw another comic, so I’m sharing with you this macabre moment of innocent deduction, which invited some reflection on why we care so deeply for the bodies of our dead. Advertisements

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Trying to Apply Intuition to Physics

I sympathise. How can anything be smaller than a really tight squeeze? Unfathomable. It’s interesting how our perception, which is quite useful for observing phenomena happening at our scale, gets bent over backward and whirled around when we try to apply … Continue reading

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Why It’s So Hard to Talk About GMOs

Despite our best intentions, discussions about GMOs often quickly degenerate into shouting matches. If we really want to make a difference, we should consider the psychology of how and why our views are formed, and help others do the same. Instead of eagerly fighting with facts, the effect of kindness and curiosity on a debate could surprise you. Continue reading

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Adapting to Happiness

Is happiness all it’s cracked up to be? I write about my reflections on happiness research in this piece which originally appeared in the cultural journal The Woolf: The Woolf’s resident scientist, Iida Ruishalme, approaches happiness from diverse angles, looking at how her ideas … Continue reading

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Injecting Kindness into the Debate

Vaccines are a topic that stir up a lot of emotions. How should we talk about them? Will anything we do make a difference? What if we frame the question somewhat differently: can we make a difference by the way behave in our interactions with other people? Continue reading

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