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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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  • Are We Too Quick to Label People “Anti-vaxxers”?
    March 23, 2017 | Comments

    In a Forbes article, Steven Salzberg warned that with the year coming to a close, we’ve already had 4,258 cases of mumps, representing a significant increase from previous years. The cause of these outbreaks, warns Salzberg, is the infamous “anti-vaccine movement.” As he puts it, “Despite overwhelming evidence that vaccines save lives, and that the […]

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  • How to Talk to Your Friends Who Deny Science
    March 16, 2017 | Comments

    In recent years it has become ever clearer that engaging with people who doubt or deny scientific evidence will take more than mere recitation of facts. As we worked on Denying to the Grave, it became clearer and clearer that conversations that stressed empathy and arrival at common values would be central to combating science […]

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  • Everything You Need to Know about Conflicts of Interest
    March 3, 2017 | Comments

    In our new article on Psychology Today, we raise the issue of conflicts of interest that don’t involve money. We call these “emotional conflicts of interest.” They represent instances in which an author has an emotional relationship with his or her topic, creating the possibility of biases that may be just as strong as those […]

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  • Welcome to Critica!
    January 28, 2017 | Comments

    Do you know someone who thinks childhood vaccines cause autism? Have you ever had a conversation with someone who believes that climate change is not real? Have you ever searched the web seeking an answer to a health-related question, such as “is coffee good for you?” and been utterly confused as a result? Or have […]

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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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