Health

‘It works! It works! It works!’: Jonas Salk and the Vaccine that Conquered Polio

‘It works! It works! It works!’: Jonas Salk and the Vaccine that Conquered Polio

Jonas Salk was born on October 28th, 1914, in a tenement in East Harlem, New York—the first son of Russian immigrants and the eldest of three brothers. After finishing four years of high school in three, Salk entered the City College of New York and later won a scholarship

Paul A. Offit
Paul A. Offit
7 min read
Health
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Meaning of Human Suffering

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Meaning of Human Suffering

There is only one thing that I dread: Not to be worthy of my sufferings. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky I mean, I got one life, right? Mine. But fuck, I want somebody else's sometimes. Sometimes I just feel like I'm fighting for a life I just ain't got time to live. I

Samuel Kronen
Samuel Kronen
25 min read
Art and Culture
Vaccinology, Immunology, and COVID-19

Vaccinology, Immunology, and COVID-19

Louis Pasteur worked at a time when very little was understood about microbes and even less was understood about the human responses that kept them at bay. He is best known for advancing germ theory, which distinguished itself from the prevailing concept of “miasma” or putrefaction suffusing the ether. “Gentlemen,

Jesse Pelletier
Jesse Pelletier
5 min read
Science / Tech
Understanding the Motivated Reasoning of Anti-Vax Refuseniks

Understanding the Motivated Reasoning of Anti-Vax Refuseniks

COVID has hospitalized 6.2 million Americans, killed at least 640,000 (the true count may be 800,000), and caused permanent cardiovascular, neurological, and other health problems in many others. Thankfully, the available vaccines are highly effective in preventing hospitalization and death. And yet, about 20 percent of Americans

Richard Redding
Richard Redding
5 min read
COVID-19
Children Are Lonelier Than Ever. Can Anything Be Done?

Children Are Lonelier Than Ever. Can Anything Be Done?

In East of Eden, John Steinbeck writes “all great and precious things are lonely.” Increasingly, our children fit that description. Loneliness among teens has reached troubling levels. For the decades encompassing the late 20th and early 21st centuries, teen mental health outcomes had been reliably stable or were even improving.

Camilo Ortiz and Stephanie De Leo
Camilo Ortiz and Stephanie De Leo
8 min read
Health
Who Will Save Us From Racist AI?

Who Will Save Us From Racist AI?

In recent years, a wealth of literature has emerged exploring how AI and machine learning (ML) can improve diagnostic precision in medicine. Combined with deep learning (a subset of ML), this research has the potential, inter alia, to advance cancer detection, streamline treatment algorithms, and enhance our ability to predict

Zachary Robert Caverley
Zachary Robert Caverley
8 min read
Health
Vexed by the Un-Vaxxed

Vexed by the Un-Vaxxed

“I’ve been reading…” That was the response I received from one of the staffers of Skeptic magazine when I asked why she wasn’t vaccinated. My query came on the saddest day in our 30-year history—we were mourning the death of Pat Linse, the Art Director, co-founder of

Michael Shermer
Michael Shermer
12 min read
COVID-19
The World Economic Forum and the Misleading Politics of Gender Equality

The World Economic Forum and the Misleading Politics of Gender Equality

The annual release of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index (GGGI) often provokes consternation and lamentations among journalists, politicians, and activists about the supposedly sorry position of women in the world today. According to the most recent GGGI report, and due in part to the effects of

David C. Geary and Gijsbert Stoet
David C. Geary and Gijsbert Stoet
11 min read
Health