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Founded by Drs. Sara and Jack Gorman, authors of the revolutionary new title ‘Denying to the Grave’, Critica is a community committed to making rational decisions about health and security. In a culture dominated by polarizing politics, and an abundance of unchecked misinformation, Critica exists to revolutionize the role of science in making rational health decisions.

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Read our take on important and relevant health and science topics.

  • When is Compassion Not Compassionate?
    March 15, 2018 | Health, Public Health

    In 1986 the first drug was approved for the treatment of a then invariably fatal illness, now known as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection. This approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) occurred just 25 months after the first human clinical trials of the drug zidovudine (also known as AZT) were initiated, one […]

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  • Risks and Rewards of Transparency
    February 22, 2018 | Health, Politics, Public Health

    Among virtues that seem incontrovertible, transparency ranks high nowadays. Everyone wants everyone else to be more transparent. In healthcare, we increasingly demand that regulatory agencies like the FDA, drug companies, and medical centers reveal their inner workings. Healthcare providers and the authors of medical research studies must disclose all sources of potential conflicts of interest, […]

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Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts that Will Save Us

The gap between what scientific evidence shows and the public believes has never been wider. In “Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts that Will Save Us” Drs. Sara and Jack Gorman explore the reason behind science denial. The renowned father-daughter team call upon psychology, behavioral economics, epidemiology, and neuroscience to identify six basic reasons that people refuse to accept scientific findings. Using case studies such as vaccination refusal, personal gun ownership, climate change denial, and fear of GMOs, the authors show that even highly intelligent people are prone to fall victim to false conspiracy theories, anti-science charismatic leaders, and the confirmation bias, to make errant risk predictions and to shun scientific complexity. The Gormans make seven explicit recommendations for closing the gap between scientists and the lay public, placing the burden on scientists, journalists, educators, and all consumers of scientific information.

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Will science survive in a ‘post-truth’ society?

Following the publication of our critically acclaimed book, Denying to the Grave, Jack and I are launching Critica, a place for respectful dialogue about health and security matters. Come join us in exploring the ways our psychology and perceptions lead us to misguided decisions, and help us develop methods and programs for making informed ones.