Denialism

Sixteen days of denialism

'HIV Is Not Real,' Claims Russian Conspiracy Theory, as Disease Keeps Spreading

In Russia, deaths from HIV are on the rise and activists believe that ignorance and denialism about the disease is helping fuel the problem.<p>In 2016, …

Public Health

How to Deal With Professional Colleagues Who Deny Reality

___________________________________________________________________________________<p>It’s the season for holiday parties at the office. They’re great for building workplace camaraderie and team spirit, but when was the last time a colleague - perhaps fueled by too much alcohol - said something so …

Leadership

The Snopes guide to spotting fake news

The science editor of myth-busting website Snopes says fake health news stories succeed online because "there's very little reward for accuracy and a …

Viral

Russia’s HIV epidemic is fuelled by virus deniers, who think it’s all a Western hoax

Fewer than half of Russians with HIV are taking antiretroviral drugs, in part because of a conspiracy theory that the Aids-causing virus is a myth …

News (China)

A rational person’s 1-minute guide to why rational thinking often fails to persuade people

We believe so strongly in the idea that logic, evidence, and data are the only acceptable tools for persuasion, that we feel bewildered and …

InterAct

Cliff Mass Blames Liberals for the Lack of Progress on Climate Change

Two weeks ago, my friend’s two-year-old son died in his bed; he never woke up in the morning. His service was this last Saturday. This grief, it has …

Climate

Failing Dam in Puerto Rico, Endangering 70,000, A Reminder that Climate Denialism Kills

Juan ColeThe failure of this dam underlines that climate change science is absolutely central to good public policy and planning.

Liberal View

Just another erasure of history

Regarding the June 27 National Digest item “Confederate symbol’s removal underway”:<p>History has no morality, so judging history as good or bad or wrong or right has no meaning. History just happens. The wanton destruction of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, the pointless removal of Confederate …

Opinion

Neil deGrasse Tyson accuses Trump of science denialism in savage tweet

President Donald Trump is likely to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord this week, and Neil deGrasse Tyson—along with most people who understand …

Climate

Intersex and Sex Denialism

This was a pleasant surprise.<p>For generations those who, for biological reasons, don’t fit the usual male/female categories have faced violence and …

LGBTQ

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 …

European History

How AIDS denialism spreads in Russia through online social networks

The appointment of former president Thabo Mbeki as chancellor of one of the highest institutions in South Africa on March 1 has drawn much …

Public Health

Seth's Blog

One clue that someone doesn't understand a problem is that they need a large number of variables and factors to explain it.<p>On the other hand, turning …

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

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

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

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 …

David Irving

The peculiar persistence of monetary policy denialism, by Scott Sumner

When I was in grad school in the late 1970s, there was increased interest in the "monetary ineffectiveness proposition", which posited that money was …

Economy

Automation Denialism Continues to Thrive

Americans have an uncanny ability to ignore the inevitable.<p>By on<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>Donald …

Automation

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

Those who believe invasive species aren't a problem are jumping on the post-truth bandwagon

The science of invasive alien species is increasingly being denied, conservationists say.<p>Scientists are taking aim at people who deny that invasive …

Ecology

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 …

Books

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 …

Scientific Research

The Faces Of Vaccine Denialism

You know them, they’re the faces of vaccine denialism, and I’m sure you’ve met a few in the past.<p>I myself know some of these people, including a few …

Vaccines

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

Counterview: In GMO debate, Vandana Shiva has chosen fear-mongering and denialism

A rebuttal of the claims the activist made in a recent Scroll article.<p>Vandana Shiva’s latest effusion against Monsanto Company in particular and …

India

Portland schools' courageous stand against climate-change denialism

<b>To the editor:</b> The Portland, Ore., school district is right to rid its textbooks of the manufactured doubt regarding the science of climate change. ("Portland schools tried to change how they teach climate change — and ignited a firestorm," May 24)<p>Groups like the Heartland Institute have been …

Climate

Zuma’s Denialism and Betrayal

The president’s Budget Vote speech would make even the most committed loyalist ask themselves how government can arrive at the conclusion that all is …

South Africa