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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Why We Make Poor Health Decisions
    September 29, 2016 | Comments

    One glance at the evening news will tell you we live in a world where people disregard health and security in favor of fear and irrationality. It’s a world where parents refuse to vaccinate their children; guns are stashed unsafely at home despite the risk of injury and self-harm, and people take antibiotics for illnesses […]

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