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Mike Sutton
Mike Sutton
Dr Mike Sutton is the author of 'Nullius in Verba: Darwin's greatest secret'.
Jul. 27, 2016 5:08 am  Read More
Dec. 5, 2015 4:40 am
Every year I notice there are news stories in December about burglars getting stuck down chimneys. This could, of course, be for a number of reasons: It could be due to: 1. A seasonal story selection bias by journalists and their editors. 2. A rise in the number of burglaries at this time of year, leading to an increased risk that some will take the narrow chimney route-in. 3....  Read More
Sep. 24, 2015 2:54 am
Following an original BestThinking blog from five years ago ( Sutton 2010 ), an idea is really catching on at last. Because Zoe McKnight: (2015) writes in Maclean's Magazine of Canada about research I conducted with my colleague and friend Professor Mark Griffiths of Nottingham Trent University in England, into the cause of the "Great Crime Drop" in Western industrialised nations over the...  Read More
Feb. 22, 2013 3:12 am
Research Boots-out The Etymological Bootlegger Origin Myth Without a single reference to support the claim, all of the major dictionaries and etymology textbooks assert confidently that the words bootleg, bootlegging and bootlegger all stem from the past practice of illegal alcohol peddlers concealing their product inside their boots. OK - let's try to picture these mythical bootleggers and...  Read More
Nov. 17, 2012 6:55 am
Q1. Which of the two diagrams below represents a mere description of the data of a completed crime? Q2. Which diagram below represents a veracious notion of opportunity for crime? Q3. Explain what the Semmelweis lag is and discuss its potential importance for understanding bad science and stubborn bias even when faced with veracious disconfirming evidence for prior orthodox 'knowledge'. Q4....  Read More
Oct. 21, 2012 8:24 am
British and American Governments promote publications based upon Crime Opportunity Theory as containing promising and effective lessons for reducing crime. Unsurprisingly, therefore, our police services base their crime reduction strategies on such work. As a consequence, much of our current crime reduction practice is focused on increasing levels of observational security and hardening targets...  Read More
Jun. 10, 2012 1:01 pm
With theft, nothing is certain, nothing ‘known’ until the act is over As I am only too aware, I have rather tiresomely written quite a number of blogs and articles over the past year in order to argue the case that two major criminological theories: Crime Opportunity Theory and Routine Activity Theory are wrong. And that they are wrong because both theories are based on the premise that the...  Read More
Apr. 22, 2012 6:38 am
" Without understanding the assumptions on which a particular theory rests it is impossible to comprehend its meaning. Without a clear idea of its internal logic it is impossible to understand the connections between ideas about causes and their implications for policy." (Henry and Einstadter (1995: Preface). The above quote neatly sums up the importance of not allowing the allure of...  Read More
Nov. 19, 2011 12:59 pm
Dealers in stolen goods have most probably existed for as long there have been laws against theft and a demand for stolen goods. In the following extract that I took from Williams' (1963) translation into English of a letter written by the Archdeacon of Hispaniola to the Council of the Indies in 1542, we learn how fences for stolen goods protected numerous slaves from being detected and punished...  Read More
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