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Lying with Bar Graphs

This post at The Philosophers’ Magazine is one of a collection of pieces by philosophers on the UK General Election 2017.  I complain about election leaflets carrying bar graphs where the relative sizes of the bars is out of all proportion to the vote shares they supposedly represent.  The lurking philosophical issue is whether the lying/merely misleading distinction can sensibly be applied to pictorial representations as well as to written/verbal language.  (Yes, and such bar graphs are outright lies.)

Feeling a Fraud? It’s Not Your Fault!

What if a toxic workplace environment is making you feel like an imposter?  Blogpost at Psychology Today.

This post is based on a talk I gave at LMU Munich in July 2016 (video here), questioning whether ‘imposter feelings’ are typically irrational in unsupportive social environments  This draws on my book manuscript about trustworthinesss and competence, in particular discussions of the value of accurate self-assessment. Useful sources include:

‘The Imposter Phenomenon’ by Jaruwan Sakulku and James Alexander, International Journal of Behavioral Science 6.1, 73-92 (2011).


What is Epistemology?

In April 2016 I gave a lecture on this topic, for graduate students in arts and humanities. Here (at the blog of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities) I reflect on this experience, and summarise the lecture.  The lecture itself is available on Youtube.

I don’t blog here…

…but I blog regularly at Psychology Today, and occasionally elsewhere.  This page collects links to my posts.  Comments are closed here, but usually open on the original post.  (Copyright for Psychology Today posts belongs to me.)

At Psychology Today, my posts are based on philosophical research, and on this page I provide some references for readers who want to follow this up.