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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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  • The New Yorker reviews Denying to the Grave
    March 9, 2017 | Comments

    “These days, it can feel as if the entire country has been given over to a vast psychological experiment being run either by no one or by Steve Bannon,” laments Elizabeth Kolbert in her recent review of Denying to the Grave in The New Yorker.  Kolbert’s review grapples with the recent increasing trend toward “alternative facts” and denial […]

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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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  • How the Culture of Donald Trump Will Harm Us All
    December 9, 2016 | Comments

    “Electing a leader who creates a culture in which the individual reigns supreme over the ‘establishment’ can only mean one thing: people will be emboldened to completely ignore decades of consensus in the expert scientific community in favor of their own opinions, which have often been formed under extremely biased conditions, are usually left unchecked, […]

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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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  • 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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