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.
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 […]
November 9, 2017 | CommentsContinue Reading ➝
What do irrational purchasing of guns after a mass shooting and fears of poisoned Halloween candy have in common? This was a question posed to Critica CEO and Co-Founder Sara Gorman recently by a journalist who was writing an article about persistent fears of poisoned Halloween candy despite no evidence of this ever happening. Does […]
October 26, 2017 | CommentsContinue Reading ➝
We’ve all seen statements of fear and mistrust about health authorities and evidence-based medical practices hit our social media channels. Perhaps it’s an acquaintance or family member who posts about the long-debunked notion that vaccines cause autism. Or perhaps it’s a coworker posting about “natural” alternatives to treatments for a variety of serious medical conditions, […]