Denialism

How Holocaust Denial Works

The Holocaust happened.<p>It is a fact that some six million European Jews were systematically murdered by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between …

Holocaust

Soft denialism

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s Holocaust gaffe has seen him on an interesting apology tour — one that had him calling casino magnate (and …

Liberal POV

Trade Denialism Continues: Trade Really Did Kill Manufacturing Jobs

This “automation rather than trade story” is the equivalent of global warming denialism for the well-educated.<p>There have been a flood of opinion pieces and news stories in recent weeks wrongly telling people that it was not trade that led to the loss of manufacturing jobs in recent years, but …

Economics

Lawmaker wants discrimination protection for climate deniers

Well, this is a new one: A state lawmaker in Maine wants you to believe that climate change deniers deserve protection under anti-discrimination laws.<p>Maine Republican Rep. Larry Lockman says climate deniers are in danger of seeing their free speech threatened and need legal protections from …

Climate Change

Even Republicans Are Fighting Back Against Trump's Climate Change Denialism - Vice

While Trump might think that climate change is a hoax concocted by the Chinese, and his new EPA head might think fossil fuel emissions aren't that bad, not all Republicans in Congress agree with their conclusions. On Wednesday, 17 House Republicans rebuffed Trump by signing a resolution that aims …

Climate Change

On Science Literacy And Denialism: A Q&A With Journalist Michael Specter

As a journalist for the <i>Washington Post</i>, the <i>New York Times</i>, and most recently, <i>The New Yorker,</i> Michael Specter has written about seemingly everything. …

Stanford University

Climate Change Denial, Democratic-style

Photo by Ian D. Keating | CC BY 2.0 I turned on the cable news at 3:00 p.m. last Friday. With a massive permafrost melt threatening the release of …

Climate Change

Why worry about aging when the robots might save us all?

Maybe this aging thing won’t be so bad, after all. Not personal aging. As Jimmy Stewart once said (according to my colleague John Robson): “After 70, …

Robots

Refuting the pushback against science

Thank you for covering the growing urgency felt by scientists to speak up and defend their field against politically motivated attacks by the Trump …

Science

Flat Earthers: Belief, Skepticism, and Denialism

Source: Public domain<p><i>“You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to</i> …

Critical Thinking

The Deep Denialism of Donald Trump

Donald Trump is hardly the first President to lie to the American people. Nor is he the first to place ideology before data. But this White House, unlike any other, has already crossed the threshold into a space where facts appear to mean nothing.<p>Eventually, the President’s daily policy outrages, …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s dance with the devil: Did the White House mean to wink at Holocaust deniers?

Historian Deborah Lipstadt wonders whether Trump's troubling statement flirts with "soft-core" Holocaust denialism<p>President Donald Trump has barely been in office for a week and already he’s being accused, by prominent and credible people, of aiding and abetting Holocaust denial. Both Sen. Tim …

Holocaust

Did the White House Mean to Wink at Holocaust Deniers?

President Donald Trump has barely been in office for a week and already he’s being accused, by prominent and credible people, of aiding and abetting …

Holocaust

Vaccine skeptics – let’s be clear, they are really science deniers

The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle.I get so tired of this, the press describing vaccine deniers as “vaccine …

Critical Thinking

Don’t Let History Repeat Itself: The Dangers Of Pseudoscience And Denialism

On Tuesday, Robert F Kennedy Jr. told major media outlets that he may head a new Commission on Vaccine Safety. The purpose of this commission, per Mr. Kennedy, is to debate the <i>science.</i> “[Mr. Trump] says that his opinion doesn’t matter, but the science does matter,” he reported.<p>At first glance, the …

HIV

The Very Real Threat of Trump’s Climate Denialism

The incoming Trump administration seems to be in a competition with itself to pretend climate change isn’t real—and that has very real consequences.<p>During the past few months, Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Rick Perry, Trump’s pick to head the Energy …

Climate Change

Automation Denialism Continues to Thrive

Donald Trump’s climate change denialism is no more at odds with the educated consensus than is his quiet denial of job automation, one of the most …

Automation

Will American Climate Change Denialism Piss Off China Even More?

Donald Trump has been the president-elect for mere months, and already he’s begun to charter a poor course when it comes to good relations with …

Climate Change

Denialism on Trade

It is really amazing how the political and economic establishment types feel the need to deny that trade can actually have a negative impact on …

Economics

Year in review: denialism and demonisation in an anus horribilis

Relying on demonisation and denialism to achieve power comes with a terrible price -- as 2016 showed across the West. The post Year in review: …

William S. Burroughs

Yes, the Holocaust Happened, Even If a Top Google Search Result Says It Didn’t

We’re well into the backlash cycle of the post-election outrage over “fake news,” as commentator after commentator calls this phrase into question …

Holocaust

The Ongoing Disaster — Women, Children, and HIV: An Interview with Art Ammann

Dr. Arthur Ammann's career has spanned many fields, including physician, researcher, activist, philanthropist, and clinical professor of pediatric …

HIV

The House (Anti-)Science Committee Strikes Again

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is, ironically but shocking to no one who understands the majority party, quite anti-science. …

Climate Change

The Perils of Denialism on the Left

THIS MONTH the Oxford Dictionary chose “post-truth” as its word of the year, which it defines as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which …

Bernie Sanders

With a new book, climate scientist Michael E. Mann continues his battle against denialism

“The hardest-hitting commentary is in fact in the cartoons.” For a guy who knows more about the subject than almost anyone, Michael E. Mann sounds …

Climate Change

The UnTexan Texan

“My Dear Master Liszt” left me with a pit in my stomach. Ben Stroud’s epistolary story—which appears in the <i>Oxford American</i>’s Fall 2016 issue—made me …

Racism

The Conspiracy Theory Label

As skeptics we apply various labels to certain kinds of intellectual behavior. Perhaps the big three are pseudoscience, conspiracy theory, and …

Conspiracies

As Matthew Threatens, Florida Governor Slammed for Climate Denialism

While Hurricane Matthew intensified to a Category 4 "monster" on Thursday as it approached the southeast U.S. coast, Republican Governor of Florida …

Climate Change

House Science Committee's Climate Change Denialism Enters New Phase

While Smith has previously conducted investigations into the executive branch and scientists funded by Congress, now the chairman has issued …

Climate

Coconut Oil Isn’t Magic, Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism, And Science Denialism Needs To Stop

A few years back I had a long-term relationship fall apart. Things had been rocky for a while, but the final nail in the coffin came when my partner …

Science