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Stuart Firestein

  • The Man Who Seduced the World with Whale Songs

    Roger Payne sparked the anti-whaling movement. He’s not done yet.

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    The Man Who Seduced the World with Whale Songs

    Roger Payne sparked the anti-whaling movement. He’s not done yet.

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    Here’s the Right Story for Vaccine Holdouts

    Two public health experts explain how to cut through the noise about COVID-19 vaccines.

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    Vaccines Are the Safest Medical Procedure We Have. Make Your Wager Wisely

    All drugs and treatments have side effects, but vaccines in general have the fewest.Illustration by eamesBot / Shutterstock In the late 1650’s, the French polymath and renowned scientist Blaise Pascal, having undergone a religious experience that transformed him into something of a zealot, suggested the following logical strategy regarding belief in God: If there is […]

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    How Pseudoscientists Get Away With It

      The relentless and often unpredictable coronavirus has, among its many quirky terrors, dredged up once again the issue that will not die, science versus pseudoscience. The scientists, experts who would be the first to admit they are not infallible, are now in danger of being drowned out by the growing chorus of pseudoscientists, conspiracy […]

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    The Resulting Fallacy Is Ruining Your Decisions

    Are you judging your decisions on their outcomes?

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    Why Scientists Need To Fail Better

    The rush for success is driving science into a corner, apart from wider culture.

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    Certainly Not!

    Good science requires cultivating doubt and finding pleasure in mystery.