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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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Sara Gorman on Alaska Public RadioMay 3, 2018
How Should We Talk to Our Kids about Gun Violence?April 19, 2018
Sara Gorman Discussing Scientific Evidence on LLAMA PodcastApril 12, 2018
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July 17, 2019 | Cancer, Communication, Concepts & Methods, Journalism, Medicine, Public Health, Research, Social MediaContinue Reading ➝
It seems that if we read enough newspapers and magazines and follow a sufficient number of social media sites we will ultimately conclude that everything we eat, breathe, or touch is capable of causing cancer. What do we do when something we like to eat or use to clean our homes, for example, is suddenly […]
July 13, 2019 | Awareness, Communication, Concepts & Methods, Health, Journalism, Medicine, Public Health, ResearchContinue Reading ➝
Last month, we focused our attention on problems communicating science to the public occur by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC). We noted that although we have great admiration for CDC as the world’s premiere government epidemiological agency and for its work hunting down the causes of a myriad of threats to the […]
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.
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.