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Posts from Demos Centre for Analysis of Social Media

I am currently spending three months at the Centre for Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos.  Below are some posts I have written while there, largely around the UK General Election: Activists, Not Bots: An Analysis of #VoteLabour … Continue reading

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Being Wrong, Responsible, and Irreversible: Some Brief Thoughts On The Last Three Days

This was written in a hurry, and in a state mixing elation from the events of June 8th-9thwith anger at the events of June 9th-10th.  Nonetheless, if there are any mis-representations or poorly thought through criticisms I take responsibility – … Continue reading

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Lecture on ‘How To Write A Good Essay’ for first year undergraduates

Created for and delivered to first year undergraduates on the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences programme at University College, run by Carl Gombrich.  If you wish to use or reproduce please contact me first. Slides here Audio:  

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Ongoing Research Presentation: ‘Le Geek, C’est Clique? Descriptive and Emotional Meanings of Science in Online Fora’

The full slides, script, and recording for presentation given at Science In Public and 4S/EASST.  Please do not use without contacting me first.

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In Partial Praise of Post-Truth Politics

In an odd way, political events of the last few months reminded me of the Cumbrian floods of 2009.  During this episode, news reportage showed endless footage of various political figures looking serious but sounding upbeat as they promised comprehensive … Continue reading

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Do these lenses suit my face? (Or, methodology as a lifestyle choice).

The language of social sciences has a problem with right levels of drama.  We reserve the driest of terminology – ‘positivism’, ‘constructivism’, ‘relativism’ – for describing some pretty fundamental human processes of making sense of the world.  We then describe … Continue reading

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Never Explain Pilot Recording

I had the wonderful experience of being on the panel for the pilot recording of a new science-ish (emphasis on the ish) comedy podcast ‘Never Explain’.  Future recordings and ticket details here https://scienceshowoff.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/never-explain-podcast-panel-show-recordings-in-may/ . Was a lot of fun, highly recommended. … Continue reading

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