Tomasz Witkowski

Skeptical Psychology

Psychologist, skeptic (Poland)

 

Tomasz Witkowski is a Polish psychologist, skeptic and science writer. He is known for his unconventional campaigns against pseudoscience. He specializes in debunking pseudoscience, particularly in the fields of psychology, psychotherapy, and diagnostics. Witkowski also engages in debates on pseudoscience-related topics, emphasizing scientific skepticism. Witkowski studied at the University of Wrocław, graduating in 1988. After graduating, he worked for ten years as a senior lecturer at the same university. He received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the university in 1995.In addition to his teaching duties at the University of Wroclaw, Witkowski received a scholarship at the University of Bielefeld in 1993, and worked as a researcher at the University of Hildesheim in 1997. From 2004-2007,  he lectured at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities. He is also the founder of the Klub Sceptyków Polskich (Polish Skeptics Club). Witkowski has authored over ten books, over 40 scientific articles, and over 100 popular science articles. His articles have been published in journals including the Skeptical Inquirer, Research Digest, and The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice. He published two books in English: Psychology Led Astray: Cargo Cult in Science and Therapy  and Psychology Gone Wrong: The Dark Sides of Science and Therapy (co-written with Maciej Zatonski, 2015). In 2007, Witkowski repeated the Sokal hoax. He managed to publish an article on morphic resonance in the psychology journal Charaktery. The hoax received publicity from the James Randi Educational Foundation, as well as other science bloggers. Witkowski is frequently contacted by the media to comment on alleged frauds and abuses in psychology, psychotherapy, and other areas of scientific activity. He is a recipient of the Rationalist of the Year award, granted by the Polskie Stowarzyszenie Racjonalistów (Polish Society of Rationalists).