February 2005

The new science of happiness

5 February 2005

For the last century or more, psychology has focussed on mental illness. It’s challenge has been to help people with their problems, and to bring them back to ‘normality’ – […]

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Alexander Shulgin, the godfather of Ecstasy

4 February 2005

Ecstasy’s emergence as a popular recreational drug can be traced back to one man. Although the drug was first synthesised by Merck in 1914, it was initially thought to be […]

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Beliefs about alcohol predict binge drinking

3 February 2005

With changes proposed to the licensing laws in the UK there’s been lots of talk about binge drinking. The suggestion is that opening the pubs and bars at all hours […]

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Scrap ‘unethical’ mental health bill, doctors urge

2 February 2005

“A controversial bill to reform mental health law is so draconian, unethical and impractical that ministers should scrap it and start afresh, doctors’ leaders said today.” > From The Guardian

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The new Volkswagen ad

2 February 2005

My Dad is occasionally heard to mutter that TV programmes nowadays can’t compete with the adverts. In this case, he’s right. > From The Guardian, you can download the ad […]

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Heightism applies to women as well as men

1 February 2005

“Both men and women judge a tall female on first sight as more intelligent, assertive, independent and ambitious. For good measure, they are also judged richer and more successful, whatever […]

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Graphology has zero validity (it’s rubbish)

1 February 2005

According to this report on BBC News there are 3,000 businesses in the UK that use graphology (handwriting analysis) as part of the recruitment process. I am astounded. Back when […]

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