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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

The 2022 U.S. midterm elections

My wife and I have voted early, hand-delivering our early voting ballots Sunday evening at a secure downtown election location. Use it or lose, folks.

Saw this touted on Science-Based Medicine.
Tomasz Witkowski is a Polish psychologist and skeptic (founder of the Polish Skeptics Club) who is well known for pointing out the lack of scientific evidence behind most of what psychologists do. I have reviewed three of his previous books Psychology Gone Wrong: The Dark Sides of Science and Therapy, Psychology Led Astray: Cargo Cult in Science and Therapy, and Shaping Psychology: Perspectives on Legacy, Controversy and the Future of the Field. He has done it again, and this time he extends his myth busting to topics outside psychology. His new book Fads, Fakes, and Frauds, fulfills the promise of its subtitle, exploding myths in culture, science, and psychology. He shows that many of our popular beliefs are false and explains how they are biased by history and evolution. Amazon offers the book in two formats, Kindle and paperback.

We too readily accept whatever we are taught. Not Tomasz Witkowski! He sets an example that we all should follow: he questions everything! His questions lead him to discover that much of psychology, culture, and even science itself are not supported by credible evidence. This book will challenge you to reconsider some of your most cherished beliefs, to realize that much of what you thought you knew is wrong. Prepare to be discombobulated by his revelations…

Looks very interesting. I'm already buried several books on the law at the moment. The pile never diminishes. Gonna have to ramp up.
Finished the Wehle, Cross, and Trachtman books. All of this goes to my recurrent "Deliberation Science" riff. Add that stash, my priors reads going to jury "deliberations."

Not too long ago, my son Matt served on a Baltimore criminal trial jury.
Prior post of "deliberation" relevance? "Who wouldn't want to be influential? Seriously?"

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