3652 days

CC Licensed Photo by Flickr user Earl. Click for source.Mind Hacks is exactly 10 years old today. Here’s the first post where Matt announced that the book had started shipping.

This is the 4950th post and Mind Hacks has been going for 3652 days which means we’ve published an average of 1.4 posts a day, every day, for the last 10 years.

Apart from the blog posts there were two memorable occasions when we were featured in the mainstream press. Both were fittingly, slightly unusual.

Tom was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal for leading a cognitive science safari through the streets of Berlin. A reporter accompanied him through the urban jungle and reported back from the pioneering trip through unexplored cognitive territory.

On a slightly different tack, an article in The New York Times featured my psychosis research. Curiously, it was put in the Fashion and Style section, which was most likely a mistake, although sometimes I catch a look at my well cut corduroy slacks and think maybe it was really due to my daring autumn look and stylistic joie de vivre.

Apart from those moments, we’ve mainly spent the rest of the decade at our laptops alternately flicking between PubMed and Google News, grumbling about people not linking to the original study and tapping out diatribes when people make unjustified inferences from neuroanatomical findings or limited behavioural data.

I suspect the next ten years might be somewhat similar.

17 thoughts on “3652 days”

  1. Congrats. Been reading Mindhacks for 7 years now (has it been that long already?). Looking forward to the next 7 years of posts 🙂

  2. Really appreciate your dedication and the diverse subject matter you have shared. All very interesting but, unfortunately, overwhelming at times.

  3. Congratulations! I can’t even remember why I started subscribing but it’s been a while now and you being a welcome toniness to my RSS feed. Kinda BBC 4 with after notes of Charles Addams.

  4. I’m a therapist, mostly trauma related (20+ years) and find the behavioral piece to be the most informative in terms of treatment. Too complex to discuss here….Can’t say I read all your posts/emails, but very glad you’re out there doing what you do, keep up the good work!

  5. Happy Birthday! I think Ive been reading your blog almost the whole time and it really helps me keep up with recent research (which is hard for those of us with a high teaching load and also important for that very reason). I thank you and my students would also thank you if they knew!

  6. Happy Birthday, just discovering your blog and trying to find out if the book was already translated into french. WP says it was translated into 6 different languages, but I don’t succeed to find translations. Best regards.

  7. 10 years?? I had no idea, only been reading for about 9 months. What an effort, congratulations on this milestone and thank you for educating interested lay people like me.

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