Category Archives: Politics

Forbidden Knowledge in British Universities

News has broken in the past couple of days about a case at Bath Spa University here in the UK, who have allegedly placed a block on a masters student conducting research into so-called detransitioning. This is the process by which people who identify as transgender, in effect, desire to revert back to their assigned… Read More »

The Dogmatic Side of “Classical Liberalism”

This past Tuesday saw what was supposed to be an interview of former EDL leader Tommy Robinson take place on the breakfast TV show, Good Morning Britain (GMB). During the segment, host Piers Morgan and Tommy Robinson between them demonstrated everything that is wrong with how we deal with the problem of Islamist extremism. However, arguably… Read More »

Introducing Moral Foundations Theory

Psychologists (and wider society) are becoming increasingly aware that we make political decisions using intuitions – non-conscious gut feelings – rather than through rational debate and consideration of evidence. In this post, I want to outline one influential theory that helps us to explain how and why we do this: moral foundations theory.

Four Steps to Real Prison Reform

The BBC Panorama documentary on HMP Northumberland, which aired on 13th February 2017, told a story that has been known by criminologists and forensic psychologists for a long time. First, our prisons are overcrowded, underfunded, and there aren’t enough staff to maintain effective control. Added into that now, though, was the detrimental effect that the… Read More »

A Concentric Model of “Fake News”

There’s been a lot of talk recently about so-called fake news. In this post, I want to explore what fake news is, what it isn’t, and what this phenomenon reveals about our psychology in relation to how we take in information from the media.