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University Psychology Exam Asked Students to Assess Politicians From TV

Psychology exam paper

Today, I received a copy of the psychology exam for the masters in neurology and psychiatry at Ain Shams university. The students were given this brief essay question "You are asked to assess the thinking of a famous politician through watching him in TV show. Discuss briefly the standards you will look for during your assessments." (see photo above Q3.B)

Psychiatry, politics and propaganda

I wrote an article for Mada on the unethical practice of diagnosing politicians from a distance.

Psychiatrist Mostafa Hussein writes about the dangers of asking renowned psychiatrists to profile politicians, political groups and society at large on television shows.

Koftagate: Dashed Hopes and Wasted Resources

The nice and patient people at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) invited me to write a piece on the Koftagate scandal. You can read it here.

C-Fast Simulator

This is a very simple 2D simulator of the C-Fast device. Here I want to show that minor mouse movement are translated by the unstable hinge system into bigger movement. Thus try moving the antenna while looking at your hand, you will notice that it will be hardly moving.

This is an approximation of how the C-Fast virus detection device works. Also a chance for me to play with Processing.js :-)

For more information see previous posts on this blog.

Have fun!

ATTENTION ALL JOURNALISTS: #KoftaGate Press Conference Tomorrow

Egyptian Army Engineering Authority (EA) is organising a press conference tomorrow at the Qubba Military Hospital at 10:00am. According to Youm7 and Watan they will announce new information about 'their successes in the treatment of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C' using their newly invented devices.

Time Is Running out: 30 Days till #koftagate — Update

Major General Abdel-Atty and the CCD device

El-Youm El-Sabe3 published an update on the Egyptian military devices that detect and treat Hepatitis C and HIV. Based on a military source the newspaper conveys the following points:

Watch the First #koftagate Casualty

MIT virologist Islam Hussein Ph.D. made two super detailed videos debunking koftagate. He shared on twitter that the whole story is causing him too much stress. Please watch and share the videos as much as you can

عالم الفيروسات بمعهد ماساتشوستس للتكنولوجيا الدكتور إسلام حسين نشر فيدوهات مُفصلة ترد على الإدعائات الخاصة بجهاز الكشف وعلاج الفيروسات. الدكتور قال لي على تويتر ان الموضوع يعرضه لضغط شديد جدا لعدم قدرته على الوصول للناس لشرح الحقيقة، وتعرض لإغماء أضطره للذهاب للمستشفى

Military's Ability to Intimidate Is How Its Virus Detection Device (C-Fast) Works

Special thanks to @Sarahcarr for translating this post
التدونة بالعربية هنا

I learnt from Al-Masry Al-Youm and Youm7 that the army is exhibiting its Hepatitis C detection device (C-Fast) at the EgyMedica fair held at the Cairo Conference Centre.


The Revolution in Diagnosis

Is Medical and Psychological Examination of Presidential Candidates Necessary?


Interim president Adly Mansour introduced to the upcoming presidential elections the requirement that applicants undergo physical and psychological examination. I briefly argue that medical examination is problematic and psychiatric examination makes no sense.

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