Host of @EPMPodcast. BPS Chartered Psychologist & Senior Lecturer in Psychology. Occasionally writes things. Sometimes smiles.
Oct 2 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
I make no apologies for retweeting this shit over the weekend. Ignorance is not always bliss. Some still choose to believe that racism doesn't exist, or that it's not that bad. Some are "shocked" by this, or think that these are bots not worth engaging with.
But these are real people. Admittedly people with literal shit for brains, but still real people with real jobs.
You probably walk past them on a daily basis, maybe interact with them, maybe work with them.
They won't show their racism to you, but they're there.
Jul 30 • 15 tweets • 4 min read
I try to be optimistic. Honestly.
But, for the love of Tina Arena, everything is awful, isn't it? And while I know it might seem simplistic, naive even, there's got to be a better way of doing just about everything. 🧵
Like, for example... instead of allowing Water and Sewerage companies to continue making massive profits while excessively dumping untreated sewage into our rivers and waterways, we could... I don't know, NOT allow them to do that? bbc.co.uk/news/science-e…
May 12 • 12 tweets • 2 min read
I just asked ChatGPT to write me a 1500 word literature review on a topic.
I asked it to add citations (cos there weren't any)
I then asked it to write a reference list.
I then checked the references.
They were all totally fake.
LESSON: ChatGPT is shit.
Now, obviously it isn't shit.
But we do need to have genuine conversations about how it can best be used to support students work.
I'm not saying anything that hasn't been said before, but wholesale panic in HE about AI generated essays isn't' the answer.
Apr 16 • 30 tweets • 7 min read
So what's funny is that for the Golliwogs article, I accidentally went on a bit of a Facebook trawl for comments. Want to see some of them?
Of course you do. Settle in. 🧵
A fairly straightforward start. Just not knowing about history isn't a problem. There's loads of stuff I don't know.
But then when someone actually shows you that history, you can't just say "how ridiculous, Golliwogs were just about Jam."
Jan 6 • 45 tweets • 8 min read
All of the reasons why The Walking Dead makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
I started the New Year by getting Covid. It's still out there, folks, and it's no joke. I've been in bed for 3 days so thought I'd finish The Walking Dead (all my 🧠 could cope with), which after about S4, just became a chore, rather than a pleasure... bit like a PhD, ironically.
Do you want to develop HABITS to become a more SUCCESSFUL version of yourself?
Well here are my top 'life-hacks' for 2023 that will make you an instant SUCCESS and a BETTER human.
You are welcome.
#NewYears#NewYearsResolution#NewYear2023#RandomCaps1. WAKE UP EARLY! Getting up at 4am means you're up an hour earlier than those losers who get up at 5. Even if your kid has been awake most of the night and you've had 90 minutes total sleep, rise and shine, you lazy git. You can use the extra hour to be MORE SUCCESSFUL at life.
Dec 30, 2022 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
I sort of want to comment on how we shouldn't really laugh at the Andrew Tates of this world... but it in fairness self-owns are never not utterly hilarious!
But in all seriousness, it is easy to laugh and point at the ridiculousness of the Alpha male... I can only use the word bullshit... but we should realise that this toxic masculinity and violent mysogyny is the end product of a culture that we are all capable of contributing to.
Dec 14, 2022 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
I've talked before about how we're all very much socialised into a society steeped in #racism.
It's in the many subtle (or not so subtle) things that we learn without being explicitly taught.
It's really easy to look at this early years reading book and the pictures within it and not see anything problematic.
But when you piece it together, you can clearly see the messages that very young kids are being exposed to (and internalising).
Dec 2, 2022 • 45 tweets • 8 min read
So this thread 👇🏿seemed to strike a nerve (you have to read past the first tweet btw!)
I have a lot more to say about this stuff, but I need to think carefully about how I phrase it so that I don't... you know... get fired.
I have real concerns about the future of Higher Education (and education in general), as do many of my colleagues. Yet I feel like we're all just sort of stumbling along, punch drunk, because we've been beaten into submission.
Nov 29, 2022 • 50 tweets • 10 min read
I don't want to hear a single word of complaint from you EVER, about ANYTHING.
Burnout is far more than just feeling worn out, or a bit over-stressed.
It is a complex and ongoing syndrome with three major characteristics...
May 20, 2022 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
When you say we shouldn't teach kids about racsim, you forget that young Black kids and kids of colour HAVE TO learn about racism. They have no choice in the matter.
This breaks my heart. He's just a baby. 11 years old. independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-n…
Think about the things that stick with you from being a kid. The time you called you teacher 'mum', the time you read 'orgasm' instead of 'organism' in a biology textbook.
I doubt 'having your finger ripped off while trying to get away from racist bullies' is on your list.
Mar 20, 2022 • 25 tweets • 5 min read
As usual, the replies to those pointing out the racism involved in the Child Q case are full of people shouting "Bollocks!" or "what about Muslim rape gangs?"
Well please allow me to retort.
Settle in... 🧵
It's all very well and good to say "this wouldn't have happened if the girl was white," or "this is a clear example of yet more racism," but I think it might be important to explain how and why we *know* that to be true, rather than just repeating it over and over again.
Feb 15, 2022 • 30 tweets • 7 min read
Yet again, "woke" is trending on Twitter as it continues to be used (deliberately) as a pejorative.
But why is being aware of very real issues of inequality and injustice something to be derided?
I'll tell you why... myblackface.wordpress.com/2020/09/01/the…
One of the stats I cite in the above is that Black women are 5x more likely to die in childbirth than white. It's one that people seem to have real difficulty with.
"Are you saying that midwives are all racists?"
No, obviously bloody not...
Oct 29, 2021 • 20 tweets • 5 min read
Would you like to hear about an all-Black Ice Hockey League? An often forgotten, yet crucial piece of history that actually shaped the way the game is played today?
Oh you would? Wonderful.
Let's begin. #BlackHistoryMonth
So I think we can all agree that Ice Hockey is pretty white, and I’m not talking about the ice. In today’s NHL, about 5% of the players are players of colour. As of last year, it was just 43 players out of over 700.
Oct 28, 2021 • 18 tweets • 4 min read
So who want's to hear about the Syracuse 8?
All of you?
Fantastic. Let's begin.
Now the very best thing about the story of the Syracuse 8 is that there were 9 of them. #BlackHistoryMonth#AthleteProtest
In 1970, a group of 9 American Football players at Syracuse University boycotted practice and eventually sat out the entire 1970 season.
Gregory Allen, Richard Bulls, Dana Harrell, John Godbolt, John Lobon, Clarence 'Bucky' McGill, A. Alif Muhammad, Duane Walker, and Ron Womack.
Oct 27, 2021 • 13 tweets • 4 min read
So let's settle in for the story of Craig Hodges, seeing as how it's #BlackHistoryMonth and everything.
I knew of Craig Hodges from the early 90s Chicago Bulls, but didn't really know his story until a couple of years ago...
Craig Hodges was a shooting guard for the Chicago bulls from 1988-1992, so pretty much when the Bulls started to get good.
He wasn't a star as such, but was certainly no slouch.