Category Archives: Psychology

Psychology

Comforts of mindless consistency – false hope

  Why did punters rush to enroll just after hearing the Transcendental brand of Meditation debunked? Robert Cialdini explains, “[The group spokesman] put it best: “Well, I wasn’t going to put down any money tonight because I’m really quite broke right … Continue reading

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Quality 2020: systems thinking -v- inspectionism

Quality 2020 is a new 10-year strategy for improving clinical care.  It grew out of Deming’s teachings.  Here are the plans. But the hospitals are also pursuing UKAS accreditation to ISO 15189 and 17025.  Which is the opposite of systems thinking – … Continue reading

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The End of Average: How to Succeed in a World That Values Sameness

Another argument against the standardised assessment of humans.  The authors deal with Taylorism but not ISOism, which has not yet entered the decline it deserves.  Maybe there’ll be a sequel. The End of Average: How to Succeed in a World … Continue reading

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Overcoming the therapeutic illusion of accreditation

When you understand the therapeutic illusion that doctors and patients may fall into, you may understand why the same fallacies come to bear on accepting the accreditation illusion.  The NEJM explains: The Science of Choosing Wisely — Overcoming the Therapeutic Illusion … Continue reading

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Agnotology

We have previously pointed out how accreditation is sold like a toiletry – gain *confidence* by paying money to UKAS and wasting lots more on unnecessary things that they might chance to inspect. Michael J. Hope Cawdery has drawn attention to the deception of … Continue reading

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Feeling Listless?

Theodore Dalrymple may not have suffered ISO accreditation but he has expressed insight into related managerialism through the demands for form-filling and list-making. His comments on checklists apply to all the ISO demands for inspection evidence and offer further explanation … Continue reading

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No longer fit to be free

Those who wonder why so many show little desire to be free from ISO accreditation might reflect on Peter Hitchens’ comments on leaving the EU.  Slavery is freedom. Modern Britain is like a man who has been in prison for … Continue reading

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Syndrome E, Syndrome Q

New Scientist considers the nature of evil in Laura Spinney’s article, Is evil a disease? ISIS and the neuroscience of brutality.  Some scientists view it that way. They have listed the seven symptoms of evil as Syndrome E: The idea that evil is … Continue reading

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The Myers-Briggs business model

What’s your personality type?  Wasteful? Vox reports the Myers-Briggs personality test scam.  It parasitised Jung’s theories and likewise remains lacking in evidence.  Another bit of pseudoscientific management of resources that are human.   The personality test is more fun than its relative, ISO accreditation, … Continue reading

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Nazi, ISO, CIA

Margaret McCartney writes in the BMJ of the CIA’s  interrogation programme at Guantanamo Bay.  It was personalised medicine in the department of torture. “Most doctors who are complicit in torture are much like everyone else, I suspect—neither amoral nor evil. But military … Continue reading

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