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.
July 12, 2018 | CommentsContinue Reading ➝
Amidst two high-profile celebrity deaths by suicide in the same distressing week in June, the CDC released a report finding that suicide rates in the U.S. had risen. The main findings were upsetting on their own, but in addition there was a very specific cause for concern in the way the media responded to a specific portion […]
Topics: Awareness, Concepts & Methods, Health, Journalism, Psychology, Public Health, Science DenialJuly 5, 2018 | CommentsContinue Reading ➝
Reporting science accurately in a way that people understand it and, sometimes alter their beliefs or loyalty to authority, has been a challenge that probably predates Gallileo’s strained but ultimately successful challenge to geocentrism.
June 27, 2018 | CommentsContinue Reading ➝
We have all heard the caution that “correlation does not prove causation.” It means in essence that finding that two things go together does not necessarily mean one causes the other. And yet we are constantly confronted with challenges to our understanding of this notion.
June 18, 2018 | CommentsContinue Reading ➝
Changing our minds is hard to do. But without the ability to do so, science—and indeed all of society–would be paralyzed. For example, once scientists thought the earth was the center of the universe, the sun and planets revolve around the sun, and there is nothing beyond the Milky Way galaxy. The need to […]
June 6, 2018 | CommentsContinue Reading ➝
Whatever month it is now, you’re sure to be surrounded by a number of “awareness” campaigns. How do you get people to take action on a cause? The common response is usually to start by raising awareness. How can people act on something without knowing it’s a problem? The assumption is that once people know […]