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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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  • The New Yorker reviews Denying to the Grave
    March 9, 2017 | Comments

    “These days, it can feel as if the entire country has been given over to a vast psychological experiment being run either by no one or by Steve Bannon,” laments Elizabeth Kolbert in her recent review of Denying to the Grave in The New Yorker.  Kolbert’s review grapples with the recent increasing trend toward “alternative facts” and denial […]

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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 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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  • Why You Won’t Change Your Mind Before the Election
    November 4, 2016 | Comments

    Opinion — hasty — often can incline to the wrong side, and then affection for one’s own opinion binds, confines the mind. -Dante Our long election season is almost over. In the next week you will continue to see ads and discussions about the presidential candidates, their qualifications, and their opinions. Your friends’ Facebook posts will become more frequent […]

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  • Your Irrational Thoughts Could Kill You
    September 30, 2016 | Comments

    The Zika virus has been around for at least 30 years but has only been at the forefront of public concern in America for the last 9 months. Among the most interesting aspects of this new health issue is that many pregnant and would-be pregnant women are now worrying about the possibility of giving birth […]

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