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.
A web-based training package promises to turn anyone quickly into a mindfulness trainer, regardless of background or previous training. Promoters of the package claim it is backed by more science than its competitors.
Ellen Langer: genius or quack –or master self-marketer? Another lesson we need to be wary of trustworthiness and authority established by awards or celebrity status. We need to be skeptical of the publicity machines that confer celebrity status on “scientists.’ We need to be skeptical about scientists who gather such recognition. It could be just […]
Psychologists get continued education credit for learning quack methods of mind control over aging and cancer
The scandal of useless and even harmful continued education credit Psychologists can get continued education credit for completing an online test concerning Ellen Langer’s book, Counterclockwise. The book explains how to reverse aging and fight cancer by getting people immersed in an earlier time by listening to older music and watching old television programs. Psychologists […]
Abstract of a talk to be given at the Australian National University (ANU), room G08, Building 39, 3pm September 11, 2014. UPDATE (October 24, 2014): Here is a link to the Powerpoint presentation and to a YouTube interview with ANU Research School of Psychology’s Professor Mike Smithson. A list of relevant links to James Coyne’s […]
Donald Trump: “I don’t pursue happiness, I pursue money.” Phil: “why?” Donald Trump: “Because money buys me the things I want, such as material goods, and pretty women.” Phil: “And why do you want to get these things” Donald Trump: “Because they make me happy.” In Happyism: The Creepy New Economics of Pleasure, Deirdre […]