Imperfect Cognitions. Popular topics are philosophical issues emerging from the study of delusional beliefs, distorted memories, confabulatory explanations, and implicit biases.
The blog features posts summarising recent research (on Tuesdays), but also presentations of new books, interviews with leading scientists and academics, and conference reports (on Thursdays). On some Mondays we have posts related to the optimism bias, and we also host accounts by people who have lived experience of mental distress.
I also contribute to the Philosophy@Birmingham blog, and to Learning from what works, a group blog on success.
Below you find links to selected posts written by me for Imperfect Cognitions and other blogs.
Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond (Imperfect Cognitions, 5 January).
Project PERFECT Year 3 (Imperfect Cognitions, 4 October).
Are positive illusions epistemically innocent? (Imperfect Cognitions, 2 May).
Delusions in schizophrenia: a bigger picture? (Imperfect Cognitions, 17 March).
Mental health care is still awaiting its revolution (Birmingham Brief, 14 January).
The Ethics of Delusions (Imperfect Cognitions, 22 December)
"Us and Them" no longer: mental health concerns us all (Birmingham Brief, 5 November).
Are Delusions Bad for You? (The Forum, 26 October).
PERFECT Year Two (Imperfect Cognitions, 6 October)
Optimism and the Creation of Everyday Myths (Imperfect Cognitions, 1 September)
Philosophy for the Curious: Why Study Philosophy? (Philosophy@Birmingham, 13 April)
Project PERFECT (I'm NOT disordered, 23 February)
The Upside of Delusional Beliefs (Scientia Salon, 17 February)
The Epistemic Innocence of Motivated Delusions (Imperfect Cognitions, 3 February)
Unintended Consequences (Imperfect Cognitions, 13 January)Intellectual Humility: Interview with Duncan Pritchard (Imperfect Cognitions, 11 December)
Dementia and the Truth (Imperfect Cognitions, 4 November)
Reverse Othello Syndrome and Epistemic Innocence (Philosop-her, 30 October)
What is it to be irrational? (Polity Independent, 23 October)
Interview with Martin Davies (Imperfect Cognitions, 2, 9 and 16 October)
PERFECT launch: False but Epistemically Beneficial Beliefs (Imperfect Cognitions, 7 October)
Anosognosia and Epistemic Innocence (Psychiatric Ethics, 5 October).
One Year of Epistemic Innocence (Imperfect Cognitions, 2 September)
Self-control and the Person: Interview with Natalie Gold (Imperfect Cognitions, 7 August)
Imperfect Cognitions (workshop report) (AHRC Science in Culture, 27 May)Epistemic Innocence (part 1) (Imperfect Cognitions, 9 December)
Dementia Awareness Week: Interview with Marco Canevelli (Imperfect Cognitions, 22 May)
Starting a Conversation about Imperfect Cognitions (Saving Humans, 28 March)
Distorted Memories and the Self (Saving Humans, 26 March)
The Stigma Associated with Mental Illness (Saving Humans, 24 March)
Madness, Rationality, and Epistemic Innocence (Oxford University Press Blog, 18 February)
The Epistemic Innocence Project (Philosophy@Birmingham, 10 February)
Epistemic Innocence (part 5) (Imperfect Cognitions, 16 January)
Epistemic Innocence (part 3) (Imperfect Cognitions, 1 January)
Distortions of Memory: Costs and Benefits (Imperfect Cognitions, 26 November)
Lessons from the Breivik case (University of Birmingham Perspective, 20 November)
What's Positive about Positive Illusions? (Imperfect Cognitions, 31 October)
The Rise of Delusions in Philosophy (Imperfect Cognitions, 13 October)
Is there anything good about delusions? (Brains, 31 July)
False selves and fading selves (Brains, 27 July)
Authoring choices and constructing the self (Brains, 23 July)
Confabulatory explanations (Brains, 17 July)
Epistemic definitions of delusion and confabulation (Brains, 13 July)
Why delusions (Brains, 8 July)
Delusions in the DSM 5 (Imperfect Cognitions, 7 June)
Rationality and Delusions (Imperfect Cognitions, 3 June)
Making sense of psychiatry (The Birmingham Brief, 8 February)
Hypnosis and Responsibility for Action (Neuroethics & Law, 26 June)
Self-governance and Wellbeing (Neuroethìcs and the Law, 21 June)
Delusional Narratives (Neuroethics & Law, 18 June)
Self-narratives and Autonomy (Neuroethics & Law, 14 June)
Autonomy and Mental Illness (Neuroethics & Law, 11 June)
A Case Study Revisited (Neuroethics & Law, 8 June)
A Case Study (Neuroethics & Law, 5 June 2012)
Moral Responsibility: An Incremental View? (Neuroethics & Law, 1 June)
New Guest Blogger (Neuroethics & Law, 28 May)
Is there a right to know in psychiatry? (Wellcome Trust Blog, 10 August)
Can we all become delusional with hypnosis? (The Splintered Mind, 14 September)
Are people responsible for acting on delusions? (The Splintered Mind, 5 September)
Delusions and action (The Splintered Mind, 24 August)
Delusions and self-knowledge (The Splintered Mind, 16 August)
Can you believe that you are dead? (The Splintered Mind, 11 August)
Clinical Delusions: What are they? (The Splintered Mind, 6 August)