The General Theory of Behaviour IV: Homeostasis, Balance and Stability

Welcome to this post, the 4th in a series about the General Theory of Behaviour published by the author in 2018 (Marks, 2018, SAGE Publications London).  The General Theory describes and defines psychological homeostasis as a fundamental process in behaviour and motivation, reintroducing Psychology to natural science. The General Theory has significant  implications for methodology, epistemologyContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour IV: Homeostasis, Balance and Stability”

An Anomaly of Ceaseless Wonder

Psi is an anomaly of ceaseless wonder and mystery. The psi hypothesis remains neither confirmed nor disconfirmed but it connects us to our fellow beings, to nature and the cosmos at large. David F Marks, Psychology and the Paranormal, 2020, p. 313. A recent post featuring Adrian Parker shows the openness of a thought leaderContinue reading “An Anomaly of Ceaseless Wonder”

Psi as a Spontaneous Phenomenon

Originally published by leading parapsychologist ADRIAN PARKER as ‘Informal Psi Tests’ in the Paranormal Review. Adrian is President of the Society of Psychical Research, London, and Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The veteran psi-critic David Marks has recently published a book Psychology and the Paranormal in which he has taken a softer positionContinue reading “Psi as a Spontaneous Phenomenon”

Science is Beautiful

Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations. Examples include the double helix in biology and the fundamental equations of physics. Steven Hawking I have something beautiful to offer, not in Biology or in Physics, but in Psychology: A General Theory of Behaviour. It’s got harmony, synchrony andContinue reading “Science is Beautiful”

ME/CFS and the PACE trial

Here I review the disastrous trial known as the ‘PACE trial’. This updates a post from several years ago. Readers may also be interested in seeing the Special Issue on the PACE trial in the Journal of Health Psychology (2017). Review of the evidence indicates that none of the Wessely School’s hypotheses about the causesContinue reading “ME/CFS and the PACE trial”

A New Depth-Rescaling Illusion

Most visual illusions are produced using carefully contrived drawings or gadgets to fool the visual system into thinking impossible things.  As described in an earlier post, while waiting at a train station, I encountered an apparently real-life Ponzo illusion. Here I explain why I think the new illusion is more strange and more interesting thanContinue reading “A New Depth-Rescaling Illusion”

Mood Homeostasis in COVID-19 Lockdown

July 29, 2020 An earlier post suggested that COVID-19 lockdowns create a ‘perfect storm’ of vulnerabilities that huge numbers of people, and services, are ill-prepared to manage.  I reviewed the science of human needs as they are expected to play out over prolonged periods of domestic confinement. More details were published in our article in the Journal of Health Psychology. Psychological homeostasis is a natural ability to maintain stability,Continue reading “Mood Homeostasis in COVID-19 Lockdown”

“The whole mess started very early in his career”

Hans Eysenck’s False Claims Began in the 1950s and 60s Evidence from Joachim Funke of the Psychologisches Institut, Universität Heidelberg shows that Hans Eysenck’s scholarly output was untrustworthy from the very beginning of his career. In the 1950s and 60s Eysenck positioned himself as the ‘enfant terrible’ of psychoanalysis. Eysenck claimed the evidence in supportContinue reading ““The whole mess started very early in his career””

Institutional Logics, the British Psychological Society and Hans Eysenck

The Journal of Health Psychology has published a new paper on “Research misconduct complaints and institutional logics: The case of Hans Eysenck and the British Psychological Society” [October 28, 2020]. The paper provides an analysis of the reasons Hans J Eysenck’s misconduct has not been fully investigated by the BPS. The authors, Russell Craig, AnthonyContinue reading “Institutional Logics, the British Psychological Society and Hans Eysenck”

Hans Eysenck and Carl Sargent’s Dishonesty in Parapsychology

Context I write this blog as a long-term investigator into psychology and the paranormal. This post concerns a saga of intellectual dishonesty by the late Cambridge University psychologist, Carl Sargent, and his mentor, Professor Hans J Eysenck, of King’s College London. A diary of events weaves a dark story that many wish the world wouldContinue reading “Hans Eysenck and Carl Sargent’s Dishonesty in Parapsychology”