I am Neuroscience PhD, a humanist, skeptic, feminist, avid reader, science enthusiast, woolly-liberal über-nerd, and, as of October 2015, father to the Lykketroll.

I moved from England to Norway in January 2012 and live in Lørenskog with my wife, the Lykketroll, and our two aging rescue cats, Socrates and Schrödinger. 

I am on paternity leave from the 4th of July to the 18th of November. 

The job I am on leave from is as an  Associate Professor and Head of Studies at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. My background is in child neurodevelopment (my PhD looked into the relationship between fatty acids like omega-3 and cognitive development in young children) but I now work on a hodge-podge of things roughly within the field of Universal Design of ICT 50% of the time, the other 50% of my time I am Head of the 'General' Studies (Allmenn in Norwegian) Unit, which is comprised of around 24 academics within a range of fields, including mathematics, physics, Norwegian, and technology and leadership.

In between working and doing the usual dad things,  I like hiking and running in the beautiful Norwegian outdoors, cooking and playing video games. 

If I believed in souls I would say that mine was born in Norway. 

I plan to sleep when I'm dead.

The Debunking Handbook

I was trawling the internet looking for advice on how to better write a blogpost I'm putting together on

Sea-band

and came across this great guide on how to approach writing about myths and avoiding making it worse by not being careful about what and how you write.

Cook, J., Lewandowsky, S. (2011), The Debunking Handbook. St. Lucia, Australia: University of Queensland. November 5. ISBN 978-0-646-56812-6. [http://sks.to/debunk]

You can download the PDF

here

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The authors give three really handy tips on effective debunking, which I'll be sure to keep in mind whenever I am writing.

  1. The refutation must focus on core facts rather than the myth to avoid the misinformation becoming more familiar. 
  2. Any mention of a myth should be preceded by explicit warnings to notify the reader that the upcoming information is false. 
  3. The refutation should include an alternative explanation that accounts for important qualities in the original misinformation.

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