Social media shaming is bullying – and must stop

One of the disturbing uses of social media these days appears to be ‘shaming’ – picking on strangers over some superficial issue the ‘shamers’ demonise, in ignorance of context and circumstance. The fact that ‘shaming’ is so judgemental underscores what it actually is – bullying. History, alas, tells us that this sort of behaviour is part of the human… More Social media shaming is bullying – and must stop

The old days weren’t actually simpler – not really

I have never really understood the claim that the ‘old days’ were somehow simpler or easier. Actually, they usually weren’t. We only think they were. The cause is a curious mix of cognitive illusions, including the ‘recency’ phenomenon – by which whatever happened last week looms larger than something that happened last year or last… More The old days weren’t actually simpler – not really

King Tut’s latest tomb mystery doesn’t mean we’ll be infested by mummies

News that Tutankhamen’s tomb might contain yet more secrets 93 years after it was revealed – possibly including the crypt of his stepmother, Queen Nefertiti, is mildly surprising. You’d think by now that ancient Egypt had been pretty thoroughly raked over. But maybe not. The logic goes like this. Tutankhamen died aged around 18, probably from… More King Tut’s latest tomb mystery doesn’t mean we’ll be infested by mummies

And so the great 2015 re-release adventure ends

It’s done! Yup  – the re-release programme for seven of my earliest military history books is finished. These titles were originally published by Reed NZ Ltd between 1998 and 2003. They were short, by design, and intended – above all – to be interesting and accessible for the general audience. ‘We like your style,’ the managing… More And so the great 2015 re-release adventure ends