It has been a quiet mid-to-late summer for me, but enough has happened to justify sending out a missive.
My August column for Skeptical Inquirer, “Consensus: Could Two Hundred Scientists be Wrong?” has just gone up. I report on a controversy caused by the release of a new book about H.M. (Henry Molaison), the world’s most famous amnesia patient. I also consider the larger questions of (a) when is a scientific consensus something we should pay attention to and (b) when should scientists add their names to petitions, statements, or letters of support.
I recently published my fourth introvert piece, “An Introvert’s Guide to Daydreaming,” in The Coffeelicious collection on Medium.com, and the nice people at the New York Observer were kind enough to reprint it on their site.
Finally, the memory of the Olympics is fading quickly, but a few weeks back, I was interviewed for an article in Quartz called, “Athletes who wear “lucky socks” aren’t wrong: Psychologists say superstitions yield real advantages.”
That’s it for now.
Happy Labor Day weekend! Let’s hope the warm weather lasts a bit longer.