Survivors of sexual violence are being let down by the criminal justice system

I had an article published on The Conversation website today on the topic of how survivors of sexual violence are let down by the criminal justice system: https://theconversation.com/survivors-of-sexual-violence-are-let-down-by-the-criminal-justice-system-heres-what-should-happen-next-94138  

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15 best reality singing show performances (The Voice, Idol, X-Factor, Got Talent)

Yes, I know, I should be working on a review of Steven Pinker's 500+ page epic Enlightenment Now. And I am. Really. However, I got a bit distracted. Significantly distracted, in fact. So much so that instead I present to you a countdown of my favourite 15 reality singing show performances. Sorry, I'm genuinely not sure … Continue reading 15 best reality singing show performances (The Voice, Idol, X-Factor, Got Talent)

Is psychosis associated with being more receptive to bullshit?

Crickey, here's a paper to start your week with. A new paper, published today in Frontiers in Psychology, reports that the more psychotic-like experiences you have, the more receptive you are to bullshit. Apparently 'bullshit' is a technical term. You are probably going to want to know how science measures "bullshit receptivity". It turns out it is … Continue reading Is psychosis associated with being more receptive to bullshit?

Sam Harris on AI

I just came across a video of Sam Harris being interviewed in the jungle about his views on AI. https://youtu.be/LYed1XhsWtc?t=2s For those of you who have a bit more time, you can see him give a slighter longer and more nuanced rendition of his views here: https://www.ted.com/talks/sam_harris_can_we_build_ai_without_losing_control_over_it He also takes part in a panel discussion … Continue reading Sam Harris on AI