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.
August 26, 2018 | CommentsContinue Reading ➝
According to the Collins English Dictionary, “If you say that someone shoots from the hip, you mean that they react to situations or give their opinion very quickly, without stopping to think”. With pun fully intended, that is often the way statements are made about firearm-related injuries and deaths in the U.S. Almost no area […]
August 13, 2018 | CommentsContinue Reading ➝
Last month we noted that it took two celebrity suicides and a seemingly shocking CDC report demonstrating increasing suicide rates in the US to get professionals, the media, and the public to finally focus their attention on suicide. Suddenly, medical journals, newspapers, and social media are abuzz with the news that we have an “epidemic of […]
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.
April 26, 2018 | CommentsContinue Reading ➝
Few things are as certain among scientists as climate change. Political posturing aside, it is an accepted fact that human activities, especially burning fossil fuels and raising beef for human consumption, are increasing the earth’s temperature. This will lead to a host of dire consequences, motivating all countries except the United States to sign on […]
November 30, 2017 | CommentsContinue Reading ➝
Over the past few months, we’ve been traveling to conferences, meeting a lot of new people, and discussing the work we do for Critica and our book Denying to the Grave. When we talk to people about the difficulty of changing minds and the psychology behind why people tend to hold on to their viewpoints, we often […]