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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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  • Ultimate Guide to Conflicts of Interest
    March 27, 2017 | Comments

    “In the wake of the sugar debacle, it’s become clear that we need to take a step back and re-examine our current system of handling conflicts of interest in science and medicine. Is it working? Well, we have achieved much greater levels of transparency around industry funding of science and medicine. But transparency on its […]

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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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  • BBC World News Interviews Critica Co-Founder Sara Gorman
    March 21, 2017 | Comments

    On March 13, Critica co-founder and co-author of Denying to the Grave was interviewed on BBC World News. In light of recent political events in both Britain and the U.S., the interview focused on some of the problems people have with accepting evidence that conflicts with what they believe – or with what they want to believe. […]

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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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  • 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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