Well, this is exciting…

Back in 2017, I published an article updating a bibliometric analysis carried out by none other than Richard Dawkins in the footnotes of his book The Selfish Gene. I blogged about it here, and used it as an opportunity to proselytize about open access, ORCID, and cross-platform integration in the scholarly publishing industry. The article […]

Killing Time(s Higher Education)

Very often, discussions of research evaluation in the public sphere boil down to: “Counting things = bad. Letting academics decide what’s important = good!” A recent opinion piece in Times Higher Education definitely fell into this category, with the author arguing that bibliometrics was “killing” academic debate. Reading this article, it occurred to me that […]

On the importance of quotation marks

It was refreshing to see the word “spiritual” surrounded by quotation marks in this post from the British Psychological Society Research Digest on the effects of psychedelic drugs. As I have previously argued, there is a lot of nonsense written about drugs generating “spiritual” experiences, most of which can simply be explained by the pre-existing […]

The Selfish Academic

On Friday, I published the results of a study that have been gestating for many, many years. I’ve wanted to look at this issue ever since I first read Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene in an animal behaviour course back at the University of Stirling in the late nineties (pause to feel old). Briefly, Dawkins […]

Guest post for BPS Research Digest

I was recently invited to write a guest post for the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest. I chose to write about issues of trust between human and machine in automated systems. You can read the post here: It might seem counter-intuitive, ridiculous even, to discuss matters of trust between human and machine; but a relationship […]

Martian Factors

This Autumn saw the release of Ridley Scott’s best film for a very, very, very long time. The Martian, based on the book of the same name by Andy Weir and possibly the hardest of hard-science ever put on film is very different from the pompous and nonsensical Prometheus and I┬áloved both the film and […]