Reflections on the representations and implications of torture from medieval Siena (the Museo della Tortura) and London (the London Dungeon)

[My book ‘Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation’ (Harvard UP) can be preordered from Amazon (.com) – more details at end of post] La Balzana, beautiful Siena, the extravagant, the eccentric, sitting atop a hill in Tuscany, is another world. Once a medieval town of wealth and consequence; later marooned, isolated and preserved by the Black Death and… Read More

Contra Boris Johnson, IQ doesn’t ensure life success: Non-cognitive skills and poverty matter greatly, too

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has been criticised for statements on life success, inequality and intelligence in a wide-ranging speech. IQ, despite what Boris seems to think, incompletely predicts life outcomes: one important review concludes that ‘…the magnitude of the effects of personality traits on mortality, divorce, and occupational attainment was indistinguishable from the effects of SES and cognitive ability on these… Read More