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Matthew Browne

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Matthew Browne is a Professor of Psychology at Central Queensland University, Australia. He completed a PhD in psychophysiological signal processing in 2002, and has worked as a research scientist for the CSIRO and the Fraunhofer Institute (Germany’s equivalent national research body) Institute for Autonomous Systems. He currently primarily does research on addiction, but also looks at factors leading to non-evidence-based beliefs, particularly in health and religion. With Chris Kavanagh, he co-hosts ‘Decoding the Gurus’, a podcast where they explore the persuasive techniques used by the contemporary crop of public intellectuals.

You’re probably not Galileo: scientific advance rarely comes from lone, contrarian outsiders

The pseudoscience and vaccine scaremongering from Drs Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein illustrates the importance of intellectual humility, especially when operating outside your field of knowledge

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