Health

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
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
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
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
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
Health
Gender Transition and Desistance in Teenage Girls: Two Psychotherapeutic Case Studies

Gender Transition and Desistance in Teenage Girls: Two Psychotherapeutic Case Studies

When doctors always give patients what they want (or think they want), the fallout can be disastrous, as we have seen with the opioid crisis. There is every possibility that the medical treatment of young people with gender dysphoria may follow a similar path. Practitioners understandably want to protect their

Susan Evans and Marcus Evans
Susan Evans and Marcus Evans
Feminism
Vaccines and the Coronavirus Crank Crisis

Vaccines and the Coronavirus Crank Crisis

When I last wrote about the rise of the coronavirus cranks for Quillette on January 16th, there were 37,000 people in British hospitals with COVID-19, and 1,411 COVID-related deaths on that day alone. The story that self-described sceptics had been telling themselves since the summer was a smoking

Christopher J. Snowdon
Christopher J. Snowdon
COVID-19
Looking for COVID-19 ‘Miracle Drugs’? We Already Have Them. They’re Called Vaccines

Looking for COVID-19 ‘Miracle Drugs’? We Already Have Them. They’re Called Vaccines

Bret Weinstein, a former professor of biology at Evergreen State College, is best known for being hounded off his own campus in 2017 by a horde of social-justice zombies who themselves seemed to resemble nothing so much as a lab accident gone wrong. Having become a martyr of hyper-progressive ideological

Claire Berlinski and Yuri Deigin
Claire Berlinski and Yuri Deigin
Bioethics