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Modern Wellness, Women, and the Religion of Pseudoscience | Dr. Jen Gunter

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Wellness is a multi-trillion dollar industry, primarily marketed to women. From “pH balancing” diets and “yoni” eggs, to “natural” cures. Offered under the guise of empowerment and self-improvement, the modern wellness movement is simply a successful rebranding of pseudoscience and patriarchy for profit. It isn’t filing the gaps left by medicine, it is capitalizing on …

Quirks and Glitches of the Human Body | Nathan Lents

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Dating back to Darwin himself, the “argument from poor design” holds that examples of suboptimal structure/function demonstrate that nature does not have a designer. Perhaps surprisingly, human beings have more than our share of quirks and glitches. Besides speaking to our shared ancestry, these evolutionary “seams” reveal interesting things about our past. This offers a …

Fantasyland: The History of America’s Irrationality | Kurt Andersen

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How can we make sense of America’s current “post-factual,” “post-truth,” “fake news” moment? By looking to America’s past. All the way back. To the wishful dreams and make-believe fears of the country’s first settlers, the madness of the Salem witch trials, the fantasies of Hollywood, the anything-goes 1960s, the gatekeeper-free internet, the profusion of reality …

Facilitated Communication and Autism: What We Need To Know | Janyce L. Boynton

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Dive into this insider-outsider look at the Facilitated Communication movement—how it works, who really benefits, why critical reviews have not stopped its progress, and what we can do about it. Facilitated communication attempts to aid communication by people with autism or other communication disabilities who are non-verbal. Janyce is an artist, educator, and advocate for …

Little-Known Acts of Skepticism and How to Join the Home Front for Science | Jonathan Jarry

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It’s time to open our eyes to the skeptical deeds that evade our awareness. Television shows hosted by skeptics; a university-based office dedicated to protecting the public from pseudoscience; a homeopathy degree cancelled due to skeptics’ engagement with the media… these accomplishments will inspire you to join an active defense against misinformation! Jonathan Jarry is …

Taking Courage from Darwin | Richard Dawkins

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Compare two ways of knowing the world. On the one hand theologians claim that the universe and all that’s in it was divinely made and can be understood through faith and revelation. On the other hand there is science, and the scientific method which extols evidence, and demonstrated, repeatable outcomes. Science knows a lot, but …

Let’s Talk About The Vagina, Goop, and The Patriarchy | Jen Gunter

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It is 2018 and yet many people (both women and men) don’t know that IUDs are not abortifacients, eating sugar doesn’t cause a yeast infection, and all vaginas are not one wet bathing suit away from full catastrophe. We are here for many reasons including our collective inability to talk frankly and openly about the …

Conspiracy Theories are for Losers | Joseph Uscinski

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Americans have believed in conspiracy theories since before the United States united. A ceaseless array of conspiracy accusations have demonized witches, Freemasons, foreigners, red coats, black helicopters, Mormons, Muslims, Jews, fifth columns, the government, and more recently, Vladimir Putin. The common assumption is that conspiracy theories are nothing more than the delusions of paranoid minds …

Why We’re All Susceptible To Pseudoscience | Craig Foster

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Does pseudoscience appeal to a certain kind of person, or do social contexts draw regular people into pseudoscience? We examined this issue by conducting survey research at the Texas Bigfoot Conference. The obtained results supported the social perspective. Exposure to pro-Bigfoot arguments and interpreting information in a confirmatory manner likely work together to create certainty …

The Variety of Scientisms & the Limits of Science | Massimo Pigliucci

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Science is by far the most powerful approach to the investigation of the natural world ever devised. Still, it has limits, and there are many areas and questions where the scientific approach is ill suited, or at best provides only pertinent information rather than full answers. The denial of this modest attitude about science is …

Debunking 9/11 Conspiracy Theories | Mick West

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Millions of people believe that the World Trade Center was demolished with explosives as part of a vast government conspiracy. One of the core pieces of evidence for this belief is the presence of millions of microscopic iron spheres in the WTC dust. It is falsely claimed these microspheres could only have come from the …

Taking On Fake News About Climate Change | John Cook

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There’s overwhelming scientific evidence and consensus that global warming is happening and humans are the cause. However, there’s also a deluge of misinformation designed to confuse the public and generate doubt about climate change. How should we respond to the firehose of falsehoods? One way to neutralize the influence of misinformation is through inoculation. This …