Quarks, Quasars and the Mind: Stranger Than We Suppose

Any account of the mind that conveniently dovetails with our common sense should be met with skepticism.

The Self Illusion and Psychotherapy

The self is an illusion and, as I noted in a recent paper published in Australasian Psychiatry, we can tailor psychotherapy to highjack the mechanisms that create it.

Changing Minds on Meat Eating

Effective animal advocacy is turning to empirical research for guidance.

I Think, Therefore I'll Die

For many, the afterlife offers the quintessential form of closing the eyes and blocking the ears. But for people like myself who do not subscribe to the stories, what are we to do?

Why We Should Stop Avoiding the Word "Patient" in Psychiatry

Calling psychiatric patients "consumer" and "client" is misguided.

Not All Muslims? Not All Mental Illness Either.

Yes, moderate Muslims are too often painted with the same brush as jihadists, but people with mental illness are no more monochromatic than the Muslim world.

How Secular Spirituality Inspires Effective Psychotherapy

People of incompatible faiths have reported profound spiritual experiences—secular meditation distills what is essential. Can we extract what is necessary from psychotherapy?

Why Psychiatry Should Discard The Idea of Free Will

If psychiatry is a medicine of the mind, but our common ideas of the mind are wrong, where does that leave the medicine?

The Illusion of Free Will and Mental Illness Stigma

Why we prefer needing the help of a neurologist rather than a psychiatrist.