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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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  • 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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  • How to Talk to Your Loved One Who Won’t Vaccinate
    December 6, 2016 | Comments

    Since publishing Denying to the Grave, we have received many questions from people wondering what to say to friends, family, and acquaintances who are hesitant about vaccines. Some of these questions have come from people who were extremely distressed and concerned. This is a large part of what has prompted us to develop Critica, a […]

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  • How Scientists Can Be Stubborn and Wrong
    December 1, 2016 | Comments

    There is a famous saying in science that goes “torture the data until they confess.” Nerdy scientists will immediately laugh at this quote because we’re all familiar with the myriad ways in which scientific data can be manipulated to fit our pre-existing notions and biases. Most of the time, scientists are not doing this in […]

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  • Why You Won’t Change Your Mind Before the Election
    November 4, 2016 | Comments

    Opinion — hasty — often can incline to the wrong side, and then affection for one’s own opinion binds, confines the mind. -Dante Our long election season is almost over. In the next week you will continue to see ads and discussions about the presidential candidates, their qualifications, and their opinions. Your friends’ Facebook posts will become more frequent […]

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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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