Tagged: Psychological

Anti-Vaccine Charities — Is there any Quality control on Charities? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 11, 2011

I haven’t really been writing much lately, for this blog at least. Much that is due to simple procrastination but earlier this year my free time was spent doing something equally stimulating. Back in July I submitted a complaint to the New Zealand Charities Commission, which they (allegedly) are currently investigating, about the Immunisation Awareness [...] … Read More

A Better World Through Video Games - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jun 15, 2011

Over the last few years evidence has been mounting that violence in the media and especially interactive media such as video games contributes to aggression displayed by individuals.[1] This ability to influence our behaviour in such a way is concerning and may undermine attempts to build a peaceful society that nevertheless respects a person’s right [...] … Read More

Thoughts About Taniwhas - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jun 14, 2011

This is probably a very ill considered post. I do feel compelled to write something on this subject however. Today in the NZ Herald Kepa Morgan has a piece relating why we should listen when Maori raise concerns regarding respect for the traditional dwelling places of Taniwha. I think he raises a very good point [...] … Read More

Holy Hyperbole Batman!! - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan May 25, 2011

Apparently the Armageddon predicted by Harold Camping is not the only one we have to contend with. Watch out, it’s The Next Armageddon! Did you know that the WHO is not the health promoting organization we think it is but really the most nefarious institution in human history?[1] According to one conspiracy nut[2] the WHO [...] … Read More

It’s the End of the World as we Know it and I Feel Fine - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan May 17, 2011

By now you will have probably heard that this Saturday (21-May-2011 for future historians) is the beginning of the end, the Rapture. Don’t panic*, please conduct yourselves in an orderly manner at the appointed time. I recommend congregating in open spaces with no overhead power lines or air traffic. Safety first[1]. Ok that’s enough fun. [...] … Read More

Fraudulent Bomb Detectors - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Apr 04, 2011

Those with a good memory for quirky media stories about things that have no direct bearing on their own lives might recall this article or this one from last year. These stories covered the use of proven fraudulent explosive detectors at Iraqi checkpoints by police and security personnel. Ben Goldacre also covered the story a [...] … Read More

Five Signs You Might Be Wrong - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Mar 25, 2011

Over the last few weeks several things have been happening both in my own life and in the wider public (Ken Ring) that have made me think about good rules of thumb to determine whether a claim is likely to be right or wrong. In particular when is it reasonable to perform a self examination [...] … Read More

How Narcissistic are You? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Feb 17, 2011

Haven’t posted anything for a while, I’m wrapped up in the warm embrace of procrastination. Thought this was interesting though and an easy post. Take the online Narcissism test. Despite all evidence to the contrary I only scored a 4. If you score greater than 20 you probably have a mirror in your pocket right [...] … Read More

’Mantrol’ and the Psychology of Destructive Behaviour - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Nov 18, 2010

Recently the NZ Transport Authority and the Police introduced a new campaign for reducing driver speeding. The “Mantrol” concept attempts to link the safe driving with “manliness” and in this way induce those who might speed out of machismo to take a second look at what constitutes that ever mercurial definition of “real man”. Looking [...] … Read More

A Side Benefit of the ‘Flu Vaccine — Reduction in Heart Attacks - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Nov 03, 2010

It’s a bold claim, that being vaccinated for Influenza will protect you against having a heart attack or Myocardial Infarction (MI). Well according to a study published last month in the Canadian Medical Association Journal that could well be the case. The study, “Influenza vaccination, pneumococcal vaccination and risk of acute myocardial infarction: matched case–control [...] … Read More