Are Atheists Sadder But Wiser?
Dec 17, 2019

By Stuart Vyse Recently, a friend and colleague posted a Live Science article on Facebook that suggested atheists are more intelligent than religious believers, and soon I was drawn into one of those sticky internet conversations that rarely work out well. The article was based on a 2013 meta-analysis of sixty-three studies of the relationship of religious …

Is There Actually Science Behind ‘Dopamine Fasting’?
Nov 20, 2019

By Nicoletta Lanese “Dopamine fasting” may be Silicon Valley’s latest wellness trend — but does this sciency-sounding fad actually have evidence to back it up? During a so-called dopamine fast, extreme practitioners abstain from any experience that brings them pleasure, including but not limited to sex, food, exercise, social media, video games and talking, according …

Earthquake Conspiracy Theorists Are Wreaking Havoc During Emergencies
Nov 15, 2019

By Anna Merlan On an early Friday morning in November 2018, the ground gave way in Anchorage, Alaska. At 8:29 a.m., a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit just north of the city. Street lights blinked off, highways began to buckle, and buildings shook as enormous cracks opened in the walls and floors, coughing plumes of dust …

Nine Evidence-Based Guidelines For A ‘Good Life’
Nov 12, 2019

By Gary M. Bakker For over two millennia, people have been offering or imposing lists of “rules for living,” whether they be the Ten Commandments; lists of seven, twelve, or fifty Golden Rules; Essential Rules for Living or for Living “Your Best Life” or for a “Happy and Fulfilled Life”; or, very recently, Jordan Peterson’s …

No, Vitamin C won’t cure your cold
Oct 3, 2019

By Madeline Marshall Many people reach straight for the orange juice when they start to get a cold. Or pick up a Vitamin C supplement that claims to boost your immune system. But studies have shown that Vitamin C can’t actually cure your cold. At most, taking 1,000 mg of Vitamin C regularly could reduce …

Richard Dawkins: How we can outgrow God and religion
Sep 27, 2019 · 1 

By Graham Lawton Few scientists have acquired such a high public profile as Richard Dawkins – and maintained it amid such controversy. His first book The Selfish Gene, published in 1976, launched him to fame as a populariser of evolutionary biology. Eight books and 30 years later, he wrote The God Delusion, which reinvented him as …

The False Promise of Fish Oil Supplements
Aug 29, 2019

By R. Preston Mason Every 38 seconds, someone in the U.S. dies from cardiovascular disease. Even more worrisome: deaths from cardiovascular disease have been rising dramatically since 2011 following years of decline. Strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular events cause great suffering and are an enormous health care burden. These statistics are particularly troubling because each month, approximately 19 …

Homeopathic treatment claims to ‘cure’ autism in NZ
Aug 19, 2019

By Farah Hancock A homeopathic treatment regime invented to ‘cure’ autism is in use in New Zealand. Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression, or CEASE therapy as it is known, has drawn international condemnation and the United Kingdom advertising watchdog is now cracking down on false claims made by hundreds of homeopaths offering the treatment. …

Drinking bleach will not cure cancer or autism, FDA warns
Aug 14, 2019 · 1 

By Tim Stelloh and Brandy Zadrozny Federal regulators issued a warning Monday urging people not to drink a chlorine dioxide solution that is often promoted online as a remedy for autism, HIV/AIDS, cancer and other conditions. The products — known as Miracle Mineral Solution, MMS and Chlorine Dioxide Protocol among other monikers — have not been approved …

Video Game Violence
Aug 6, 2019

By Steven Novella Recent mass shootings have once again fueled discussion about the role of video game violence (VGV) and aggressive behavior. This is an enduring controversy, which is a real scientific controversy (not just a political one) because the research is highly complex. Part of that complexity is that there is just one question, …

Confessions of a Former Anti-Vaxxer
Jul 18, 2019

By Gwenna Laithland I knew going into my first marriage that the man I was about to call my husband had absolutely zero interest in having children. I wasn’t outright opposed to kids, but it was still a faraway idea. I was just 22 years old; I had a lot of living left to do. …

50 years after Apollo, conspiracy theorists are still howling at the ‘moon hoax’
Jul 17, 2019

By Joel Achenbach The moon is having a star turn. This summer will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, and the Trump administration has ordered NASA to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024. None of this, however, will probably change the minds of people who live in a parallel belief universe where …