March 25, 2019 ·

Mississippi officially bans abortion after a the time a fetal heartbeat could theoretically be detected during an ultrasound, around six weeks, which is before many women are even aware that they’re pregnant. These laws tend to get blocked by the courts, but things being how they are, I wouldn’t get my hopes up. To make …

The Detriment of Society as a Whole
March 22, 2019 ·

According to the General Social Survey, as analyzed by Ryan P. Burge of Eastern Illinois University, “nones” are now statistically tied with evangelicals and Catholics for largest “belief” group in the United States. And technically, according to the decimals, nones are number one. New on the Point of Inquiry podcast: Jim Underdown interviews climate expert …

Nocebo: Placebo’s Evil Twin
March 22, 2019 ·

Nocebo is sometimes referred to as “placebo’s evil twin,” “negative placebo effects,” or “the other side of placebo.”  Nocebo effects are negative effects that are induced by nocebos: fake, non-specific treatments, procedures, therapies, or medications. Studies suggest that nocebo effects can contribute to a variety of medical symptoms, including adverse events in clinical trials and …

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