The Truth About Nootropic Brain Supplements and Brain Power
May 29, 2020


Nootropic substances—from the Greek words meaning “mind-bending” –are ingestible chemicals often promoted for their cognitive enhancing properties (Jasanoff 2018). According to companies selling nootropic products, benefits of using the products include prevention of cognitive decline, enhanced memory, increased learning, improved concentration, and rapid cognition. Nootropic drugs include stimulants like amphetamine and methylphenidate, marketed under the …

Not in a Normal State
May 28, 2020


We’re keeping track of COVID-19 pseudoscience, snake oil, fake cures, and more at CFI’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Separate fact from fiction and inoculate yourself from misinformation at centerforinquiry.org/coronavirus. Yesterday, the U.S. marked 100,000 dead from COVID-19. But don’t worry, the president is on the case. And by that I mean he is threatening to shut …

An Arsenal of Hamster Knowledge
May 27, 2020


We’re keeping track of COVID-19 pseudoscience, snake oil, fake cures, and more at CFI’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Separate fact from fiction and inoculate yourself from misinformation at centerforinquiry.org/coronavirus. Red Flags For the first time, Twitter appends a very gentle warning message to one of President Trump’s tweets in which he lies about voting by mail, …

Suicide Pact
May 26, 2020


We’re keeping track of COVID-19 pseudoscience, snake oil, fake cures, and more at CFI’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Separate fact from fiction and inoculate yourself from misinformation at centerforinquiry.org/coronavirus. Good morning, fellow human capital stock! I trust you are all maximizing your productivity, lest you be discarded and ground into meat slurry. Lots to get to …

‘Plandemic’ Asks Questions—But Won’t Answer Them
May 21, 2020

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Earlier this month, a YouTube video for an (apparently) upcoming documentary titled Plandemic was released by Mikki Willis (credited onscreen as “father/filmaker” [sic]). The video features a lengthy interview with virologist Judy Mikovits, who offers scattershot conspiracy-laden assertions about the “truth” behind the COVID-19 pandemic, prefaced by claims of having been framed for a crime …

I Was the Big Fish
May 21, 2020


We’re keeping track of COVID-19 pseudoscience, snake oil, fake cures, and more at CFI’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Separate fact from fiction and inoculate yourself from misinformation at centerforinquiry.org/coronavirus. It’s All an Act Linda Greenhouse at the New York Times shows how the religion cases currently before the Supreme Court are more about storytelling and creating …

Dingbat Armchair Scientist
May 20, 2020


We’re keeping track of COVID-19 pseudoscience, snake oil, fake cures, and more at CFI’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Separate fact from fiction and inoculate yourself from misinformation at centerforinquiry.org/coronavirus. Propagandize Properly, Please At the New York Times, Michael M. Grynbaum shows how Fox News seems unsure which version of reality it’s supposed to espouse, as hosts give different takes …

Null and Void
May 19, 2020


We’re keeping track of COVID-19 pseudoscience, snake oil, fake cures, and more at CFI’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Separate fact from fiction and inoculate yourself from misinformation at centerforinquiry.org/coronavirus. President Trump claims that he is taking hydroxychloroquine. “And all I can tell you is,” he said, “so far I seem to be okay.” Q-tips The Atlantic …

A Philosophy of Weaponized Illusion
May 18, 2020


We’re keeping track of COVID-19 pseudoscience, snake oil, fake cures, and more at CFI’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Separate fact from fiction and inoculate yourself from misinformation at centerforinquiry.org/coronavirus. Mondays are already a beast for The Morning Heresy, what with all the catching up from the weekend. Regular readers (all twelve of you) will also have …

It Messes Up Everything
May 14, 2020


We’re keeping track of COVID-19 pseudoscience, snake oil, fake cures, and more at CFI’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Separate fact from fiction and inoculate yourself from misinformation at centerforinquiry.org/coronavirus. The Darkest Winter in the Darkest Timeline Dr. Rick Bright, the vaccine expert booted by Trump when he pushed back against the president’s insistence on promoting hydroxychloroquine, …