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How cognitive biases affect our decisions

It now seems that the results of election 2016 may ultimately be decided by a contest between fear and anger. The opposition parties hope that voters’ anger at austerity will be stronger than their fear of changing government when the economy is improving.  At this point, it seems anger is ahead.  So why is the government’s message about the risk to recovery... Read More

Posted: 19 February 2016

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Why Fine Gael’s election strategy is not working...yet

It now seems that the result of Election 2016 may be decided by a contest between fear and anger. The Opposition parties hope that voters’ anger at austerity will be stronger than their fear of changing government when the econom is improving. At this point it seems anger is ahead. So why is the Government’s message about the risk to recovery... Read More

Posted: 19 February 2016

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Psychologist's 'Nazi' remarks spark fury of 'No' campaign

Psychologist's 'Nazi' remarks spark fury of 'No' campaign   Written by Mark O Regan   Clinical psychologist Maureen Gaffney speaking at the Yes Equality press conference yesterday.    A leading psychologist has sparked fury after claiming a 'No' vote risks sleep-walking the country into "undoing the progress we've made as a Republic".  Dr Maureen Gaffney, who is a regular commentator on television and radio, brought Nazi Germany... Read More

Posted: 14 May 2015

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Marriage just Isn’t what it used to be

Those who oppose the forthcoming Marriage Equality Referendum argue that it will fundamentally change the definition of marriage. The core of their argument is that marriage has always been defined as a legal bond between a man and a woman and its uniqueness lies in the fact that only such a bond can produce children. This definition therefore excludes the... Read More

Posted: 26 March 2015

Book Review

Living With a Wild God: A Non-Believer’s Search for the Truth about Everything. By Barbara Ehrenreich

In the spring of 2001, the writer Barbara Ehrenreich was invited to donate her papers to a university.  While assembling the usual collection of unpublished manuscripts and notebooks, she came across a folder that, for forty -eight years, had survived her multiple moves. In all that time, she had never re-opened it, never mentioned or referred to it – yet always remembered to... Read More

Posted: 16 August 2014

Interview

Maureen Gaffney - Ireland’s boom and bust ‘was mania combined with anxiety’

In 2006, when the economy was at full throttle, powering inexorably towards a cliff that had yet to loom into view, the annual Gallup survey of national wellbeing placed Irish people in eighth place on its global index. Seventy per cent of Irish people told the pollster they were thriving. On a scale of one to 10, they ranked their... Read More

Posted: 14 June 2014