Psychosis: the Breivik dilemma

One of the interesting things to come out of the ongoing Anders Breivik trial is that there seems to be a disagreement amongst the psychiatric profession regarding Breivik’s mental state.  The original psychiatric report published last November concluded that he was psychotic.1 The second psychiatric report, published in April by …

The Couch and the City

Recently I was interviewed by Joris Luyendijk as part of his research for his banking blog in The Guardian.1   Joris did an excellent job in writing up the interview which went ‘live’ last Thursday.2  The focus of the interview was about trying to get an understanding of the incredible …

Misrecognising the City

One of the reasons that the City (and the financial world in general) seems to generate so much anger is that many people seem to have little understanding of what it is and how it works.1  All they see are a small group of people getting very rich, whilst everyone …

Willing slaves?

I’m not a great fan of Melanie Phillips but she did make one good point on Question Time last week (26 Jan).  There was a question about the large salaries and bonuses being paid to corporate bosses, particularly in the light of the bonus that had just been paid to …

Evidence and science

It was interesting to watch Sherlock the other night, i.e. the BBC’s ‘updating’ of Conan Doyle’s famous detective stories into the twenty first century with Benedict Cumberbatch starring as the sleuth in question.  What particularly fascinated me, apart from the liberties that this ‘new’ version was taking with the plots …