Pfizer’s Vaccine Trial Questioned

COVID-19 Milestone Series Covid-19: Researcher blows the whistle on data integrity issues in Pfizer’s vaccine trial Originally published in the BMJ 2021; 375 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2635 on 02 November 2021 by Paul D Thacker, investigative journalist This post republishes an article about “Revelations of poor practices at a contract research company helping to carry out Pfizer’s pivotal covid-19 vaccine trial raiseContinue reading “Pfizer’s Vaccine Trial Questioned”

Estimating the number of infections and the impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions on COVID-19 in 11 European countries

COVID-19 Milestone Series Panic stations! UK deaths of 750 a day predicted and rising. The paper that threw the entire world into disarray. But were our fears justified? Only history will tell. But the consequences have been severe. 30 March 2020 Imperial College COVID-19 Response TeamDOI: https://doi.org/10.25561/77731 Authors: Seth Flaxman*, Swapnil Mishra*, Axel Gandy*, HContinue reading “Estimating the number of infections and the impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions on COVID-19 in 11 European countries”

Revisiting the initial COVID-19 pandemic projections

COVID-19 Milestone Series In previous posts I republished early attempts to project fatalities: here and here. In their milestone paper here, Adam T Biggs and Lanny F Littlejohn explain how interventions to protect the public were founded on exaggerated claims about the likely fatalities from the pandemic. One study from Imperial College, London on 16Continue reading “Revisiting the initial COVID-19 pandemic projections”

Lessons From the SARS-Cov-2 Pandemic

COVID-19 Repost Series In a series of republished articles, I recount a catastrophic sequence of errors made in our dealings with the COVID-19 pandemic. In attempting to explain the errors – many of them seeming too obvious to be accidental – it is easy to jump to a conspiracy theory. However, there is a valuableContinue reading “Lessons From the SARS-Cov-2 Pandemic”

Smearing MECFS Patients in the Name of Science

A previous post reviewed the SMC’s ‘expert reactions’ concerning MECFS between 2011 and 2017. Here I review the Science Media Centre’s continued smearing of MECFS patients in a set of carefully curated ‘expert reactions’ to MECFS research between 2017 and 2020, I expose here further evidence of a deliberate smear campaign of a vulnerable patientContinue reading “Smearing MECFS Patients in the Name of Science”

The British Psychological Society

This series of posts examines the current situation of crisis that exists within the British Psychological Society (BPS). The series is a collaboration with the team at BPSWatch. I am reposting here content originally published at BPSWatch. Readers may also be interested in the posts here, here and here. How much does the future ofContinue reading “The British Psychological Society”

Psyche in Mythology and the British Psychological Society of Today

Psyche/ˈsʌɪki/the human soul, mind, or spirit “their childhood made them want to understand the human psyche and to help others” Similar: soul spirit(inner) self innermost self(inner) ego true being essential nature life force vital force inner man/woman persona identity personality individuality make-up subconscious mind intellect anima pneuma Opposite: body Wikipedia the fountain of knowledge inContinue reading “Psyche in Mythology and the British Psychological Society of Today”

Wessely School Report

In a series of ten posts, I have reviewed ten major planks in the Wessely School’s psychosomatic approach to ME/CFS. This St Patrick’s Day ‘end of term report’ indicates my grades as an independent assessor of the School’s performance to date. The bulk of the assessed work was completed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. HoweverContinue reading “Wessely School Report”

ME/CFS and CBT – a basic error

For more than three decades, the Wessely School has searched for empirical support for its psychosomatic approach to CFS. That search has been in vain. I show here, here and here that the theoretical assumptions of the Wessely approach lack support and have fallen. The drive to show CBT and GET are effective treatments hasContinue reading “ME/CFS and CBT – a basic error”

“The whole mess started very early in his career”

Hans Eysenck’s False Claims Began in the 1950s and 60s Evidence from Joachim Funke of the Psychologisches Institut, Universität Heidelberg shows that Hans Eysenck’s scholarly output was untrustworthy from the very beginning of his career. In the 1950s and 60s Eysenck positioned himself as the ‘enfant terrible’ of psychoanalysis. Eysenck claimed the evidence in supportContinue reading ““The whole mess started very early in his career””