Hello there outside world, or inside as you most probably are as you read this! Unless you also have a ‘Walter’ like me.. aka iPhone or other similar gadget that allows one to read up on the world and things occurring in the beauty of, say Windsor Great Park, providing those swans don’t try to steal it thinking it’s a piece of bread!
A little jot about the purpose of this blog and it’s origin. I have set it up in an attempt to spread the wonders of good science and findings that should make you go ‘woah’ or at least give you brain ache to think about. Having a degree in Psychology and now studying for a Msc in Human Neuroscience I find that I learn about things that give me brain ache almost daily, and it would be nice to share these with people. I also have had motivation to start this from the wonderful Dr. Ben Goldacre of Bad Science fame. He reckons blogs by undergraduates about ‘old news’, that is to say the stuff we learn about in our 3 years that make us go ‘sorry, what?! that is amazing!’, should be just as important as the new new’s that is usually the focus of a blog. Yes, many of today’s well known scientists will know about these findings from rather classical studies, but these things may not be known by general members of the public. It’s about time the layman’s understanding of psychology moved beyond blinking Pavlov and Freud and we started to spread the true amazing information, and NO I do not mean rubbishy stories about brain scans being able to read minds! I mean real evidence presented in a realistic framework of what IS possible now, not what might be possible in the future etc.
Hope everyone enjoys this, it’s highly experimental but worth a go. Thanks again to Ben Goldacre, not wanting to come across all American or anything but a brief real life meeting with this brilliant man has been truly inspirational.