Against health moralism

Here’s a recent comment from The Skeptical OB Facebook page: I love how this page tries so desperately to falsely reassure obese people that it’s ok to be obese and ...

Are you a denialemming?

Do you tell yourself you and your friends are the only ones who see the lies? Do you mock those who believe in expertise or follow the mainstream media? Do ...

Science denialists, don’t believe everything you think!

The most common mistakes of science denialists are mistakes of logic. They assume that what “makes sense” to them is automatically true. Thomas Kida, a professor at the UMass Isenberg ...

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Are the new COVID vaccines safe in pregnancy?

My email and Facebook messages are filled with the same question over ...

Six symptoms of science denialism

Over the past four years it has become increasingly clear that many ...

How science denialists know their team will win the Super Bowl

Hi, folks, Ima Frawde here. I spend every working day denying the ...

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Against health moralism

Here’s a recent comment from The Skeptical OB Facebook page: I love how this page tries so desperately to falsely reassure obese people that it’s ok to be obese and there will be no long term complications to your health. It’s mental snake oil and people are eating this page up. It’s similar to many […]

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Are you a denialemming?

Do you tell yourself you and your friends are the only ones who see the lies? Do you mock those who believe in expertise or follow the mainstream media? Do you deride as “sheeple” those who respect authority? The joke’s on you! You are a denialemming … so busy reassuring yourself of your insight and […]

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Science denialists, don’t believe everything you think!

The most common mistakes of science denialists are mistakes of logic. They assume that what “makes sense” to them is automatically true. Thomas Kida, a professor at the UMass Isenberg School of Management, explains why this assumption is unjustified in his book Don’t Believe Everything You Think: The 6 Basic Mistakes We Make in Thinking. […]

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Are the new COVID vaccines safe in pregnancy?

My email and Facebook messages are filled with the same question over and over again: Are the new COVID vaccines safe for use in pregnancy? I don’t know … and the truth is that no one knows. Yet the American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists (ACOG) is recommending the vaccine for pregnant persons. They have issued […]

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Six symptoms of science denialism

Over the past four years it has become increasingly clear that many Americans are suffering from the sickness of science denial. It’s a dangerous infection that profoundly weakens the body politic, is transmitted through the air(waves), and mutates easily, making it difficult to control. As with any illness it helps to recognize the symptoms so […]

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How science denialists know their team will win the Super Bowl

Hi, folks, Ima Frawde here. I spend every working day denying the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, denying the reality of climate change and denying the deadliness of the COVID pandemic. How do I relax? I’m a football fan! I spend all my free time watching football, following my team on social media and reading […]

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How can we know what is true?

Science denialists believe the opposite of scientists. Science shows that vaccines are safe and effective; anti-vaxxers believe they’re neither. Science shows that the earth’s climate is changing as a result of human activity; climate denialists either claim it isn’t changing or the change is not the result of humans. Science shows COVID-19 is a coronavirus […]

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Science denialism and the evidence double standard

Science denialists have a deeply fraught relationship with scientific evidence. On the one hand, even the most outlandish forms of denialism attempt to invoke the imprimatur of science. Claims range from the simple (“studies show …”) to the elaborate (lists of scientific citations of papers that appear to support the claims being advanced, but actually […]

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Science denial, Dunning Kruger and the Tuteur Corollary

I spend my days wrangling with science denialists on the Skeptical OB Facebook page. I don’t really argue with them since a doctor can no more argue science with a denialist than a mathematician can argue calculus with a four year old. Neither denialists nor four year olds know enough to come to grips with […]

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Who’s responsible when an anti-masker gets COVID?

Imagine this scenario: A woman, after reviewing the evidence from both sides, after carefully considering the increased risks, and after deciding that she is willing to accept the responsibility for the outcome, decides to … smoke cigarettes. This situation happens all the time. Indeed, a substantial portion of the population smokes cigarettes. In 2021, everyone […]

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