Reflections on the year of COVID-19: personal failures, related psychological and social dynamics, and possible lessons

In the context of the continuing coronavirus pandemic and related crises – which are rapidly intensifying in much of the northern hemisphere as their second wave worsens – I want to reflect on last year and try to begin to identify some possible lesson learned. 2020 was a year we won’t soon forget and for … [Read more…]

Early thoughts on the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic (high-level musings)

A brief framing note: in the current emotionally charged context it’s probably wise to first articulate some framing thoughts and try to avoid potential misinterpretations. It’s clear that SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes are significant threats. It would be a grave error and immoral to ignore its effects on the health and lives of … [Read more…]

An embryonic field: knowledge psychology?

(UPDATE: I recently came across inquiry into “knowledge resistance” [e.g. link]; such inquiry is similar to aspects of what I discuss below).  There a lots of fields that fuse consideration of human psychology and other concerns. Examples include health psychology, educational psychology and economic psychology. Some are highly interdisciplinary and others might better be considered … [Read more…]