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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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  • 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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  • The Guardian’s Richard Grant Asks Why People Believe False Things
    January 15, 2016 | Comments

    In this age of “alternative facts,” we must make sure we understand why people persist in beliefs that are wrong. Read Richard Grant’s review of our book Denying to the Grave in The Guardian for some ideas.

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