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Critica Commentary is a place for discussion of all things related to denial of scientific evidence and health and science literacy. Here you will find longer pieces about particular topics, such as medical misdiagnosis and conflicts of interest, as well as interviews with key people working at the intersection of health policy, science journalism, science education, and psychology, among other fields. You may also find guest posts by authorities in the field as well as by people with fascinating stories to share and analyses of recent news articles, studies, and current events. If you are interested in writing something for Critica, please contact us here.

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  • How the Culture of Donald Trump Will Harm Us All
    December 9, 2016 | Comments

    “Electing a leader who creates a culture in which the individual reigns supreme over the ‘establishment’ can only mean one thing: people will be emboldened to completely ignore decades of consensus in the expert scientific community in favor of their own opinions, which have often been formed under extremely biased conditions, are usually left unchecked, […]

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  • Why Do People Buy Guns?
    December 8, 2016 | Comments

    According to new HHS secretary Tom Price, guns save lives in violent situations. Price has asserted that “guns are used more often to protect lives, not take lives” and that “Steps to remove firearms from the hands of law-abiding citizens endanger those very citizens.” With all due respect, we, and pretty much the entire scientific […]

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  • How to Talk to Your Loved One Who Won’t Vaccinate
    December 6, 2016 | Comments

    Since publishing Denying to the Grave, we have received many questions from people wondering what to say to friends, family, and acquaintances who are hesitant about vaccines. Some of these questions have come from people who were extremely distressed and concerned. This is a large part of what has prompted us to develop Critica, a […]

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  • How Scientists Can Be Stubborn and Wrong
    December 1, 2016 | Comments

    There is a famous saying in science that goes “torture the data until they confess.” Nerdy scientists will immediately laugh at this quote because we’re all familiar with the myriad ways in which scientific data can be manipulated to fit our pre-existing notions and biases. Most of the time, scientists are not doing this in […]

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