Steven Pinker lauds reason, but people need freedom – this might not end well

A new book published this week by Harvard psychologist, Steven Pinker, argues that the use of reason when making decisions is “non-negotiable”. Unfortunately, trying to tell people they must do something can backfire, says Simon McCarthy-Jones, Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology

Five reasons to be optimistic about Northern Ireland politics

A gloom has settled on Northern Ireland. After 13 months of negotiations to restore a power-sharing government, there is still no prospect of agreement, but there are still reasons to be optimistic, says David Mitchell, Assistant Professor in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, writing for The Conversation.

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