Quick Thoughts

A dog ate the “fishy business” data for article in Science : What can be done?

Actually, not a dog, but it is an equally lame story: A thief allegedly made off with the only copy of the data from study critics claim never happened. What can be done?

How APA’s rating of acceptance and commitment therapy for psychosis got downgraded from “strong” to “modest” efficacy

My blog post a few years ago caused a downgrading of ACT for psychosis that stuck. This shows the meaninglessness of APA ratings of psychotherapies as evidence-supported.

McDonaldization of Positive Psychology: On tour with Marty Seligman

Some scientist turn hucksters, making extravagant and seductive claims without sufficient corroborative evidence. Consumers are drawn in and pay the price, often without realizing that they have been had.

Is something rotten in brain stimulation research?

Studies of the brain stimulation method called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) could suffer from pervasive questionable research practices.

My response to an invitation to improve the Cochrane Collaboration by challenging its policies

I interpret a recent Cochrane Community Blog post as inviting me to continue criticizing the Collaboration’s conflict of interest in the evaluation of “chronic fatigue syndrome” with the intent of initiating further reflection on its practices and change. Cochrane needs to Clean up conflicts of interest in its systematic reviews. Issue a Statement of Concern […]

PLOS One allows authors of experimercial undeclared conflicts of interest, restrictions on access to data

While checking what PLOS One had done to address my complaints about authors’ repeated undeclared conflicts of interest, I made some troubling discoveries. The PLOS One Academic Editor for one of the papers  was from Harvard Medical School, the same as the offending authors. PLOS One had agreed to absurd restrictions on the availability of […]

As major medical journals balk, BMJ moves forward with routine data sharing.

Repeated signals that The BMJ is moving forward while editors of other key medical journals try to undermine data sharing. Institutions are stiffening their resistance to release of the promised PACE trial data from the PLOS One article. This threatens to splinter the movement for routine data sharing. But The BMJ continues to support for […]

Please read if you are visiting my Facebook page [updated]

I appreciate all the Facebook friend requests that I have recently received. Some of the increased volume of requests is tied to my activism concerning the PACE trial of cognitive behaviour and graded exercise therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (commonly hashtagged as #MECFS). My Facebook page provides a front row seat, where visitors can […]

Ringing in the New Year and looking ahead

It’s been a wild year. Looking back, I certainly couldn’t have anticipated what’s happening now from last New Year’s. And I am not sure that any predictions about the next year from the vantage point of tonight will prove any more accurate. As expected, I went off to Scotland in March for a Carnegie Centenary […]

Recognizing when “protecting patient privacy” is mere excuse for not sharing data

In bringing up “protecting patient privacy”  in refusing to release the PACE trial data published in PLOS One, King’s College, London is doing the Shuck ‘N’ Jive. As covered in a recent blog post, King’s College London issued a press release reiterating their refusal to release the PACE PLOS One data. A close read of […]

A takedown notice from British Psychological Society and the moron-in-a-hurry defense

British Psychological Society President-elect Peter Kinderman continues to get a lot of attention for his indecent exposure and his invoking of the Holocaust in accusing academics who accept a biomedical model of psychological disturbance of being Nazis. My blog post at PLOS Mind the Brain about it was receiving heavy traffic. And then a takedown […]