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Hunting the unexplained: the importance of “investigating” strange phenomena

The other night I became embroiled in a conversation sparked by a fellow skeptic’s comment: “hunting” big cats, monsters, ghosts and investigating their sightings is utterly pointless. The psychology behind … Continue reading Hunting the unexplained: the importance of “investigating” strange phenomena

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It’s time to rethink drug addiction treatment

As a moderate amount of heroin is now more affordable than a pack of 20 cigarettes, deaths attributable to drug poisoning and drug misuse are rising year on year. It’s time to revisit how we treat drug addiction.

Tories in the time of Cholera – savage sewage row prompts u-bend u-turn

With raw sewage regularly turning up on the shores of “Stool Britannia”, most recently seen happening in the newly crowned city of Southend, the government has been caught with its trousers down. Public reaction to what some are calling “shitgate” has been vociferous and MPs have been inundated with complaints

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Ghoulish online True Crime communities, online sleuthing & the case of Gabby Petito

There’s nothing new about human interest in crime but as we watched the revelations around the murder of Gabby Petito play out on social media, a ghoulish and repugnant entertainment factor crept in. 

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Malice a forecourt: the psychology of panic buying

With some petrol stations reported at 500% of their usual demand this past Saturday, just why do humans panic buy, even when reassured there was no reason to? Fights broke … Continue reading Malice a forecourt: the psychology of panic buying

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It’s time to surrender the language of war when it comes to our health

Not everyone “wins” their “fight” and terming it as such suggests that anyone who succumbs to the disease has “lost” it; the implication being that they just didn’t fight hard enough

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Autistic voices speak out about “concerning” new research study

We’ve come a long way from the days of unethical experimentation on – and routine institutionalisation of – autistic people, but critics of the Spectrum10K study fear it has murky … Continue reading Autistic voices speak out about “concerning” new research study

Baked in oppression: how the racism of ‘things’ perpetuates injustice

Recent discussions on racism have moved us away from ideas around tolerance and being “not racist” and towards an aim of being “anti-racist”. That’s why it’s absolutely crucial we now tackle the more insidious – and dangerous – racism inherent in the products and technology we use every day.

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World Breastfeeding Week: how best to “protect breastfeeding”?

This week is World Breastfeeding Week – a celebration of breastfeeding and a chance to discuss what’s important to breastfeeding parents – as well as understanding what barriers face us … Continue reading World Breastfeeding Week: how best to “protect breastfeeding”?

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England vs Italy – the best of times and the worst of times

Though Gareth Southgate and the FA have strived to restore respect and honour to football, the truth is that it’s far from the beautiful game it could be.  The worst … Continue reading England vs Italy – the best of times and the worst of times

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Stella Creasy’s lawsuit on maternity rights shows up archaic MP role

Labour MP Stella Creasy wants the same maternity rights afforded to the rest of the UK child-bearing population in employment – including ministers. The rulings for MPs show the machinations … Continue reading Stella Creasy’s lawsuit on maternity rights shows up archaic MP role

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Electric cars not sparking joy for motoring Brits

There’s a shocking amount of resistance towards going electric – but why?  There’s nine years left until we reach the government’s proposed 2030 target for the end of new petrol … Continue reading Electric cars not sparking joy for motoring Brits