‘There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.’

“Why you fool, it’s the educated reader who CAN be gulled. All our difficulty comes with the others. When did you meet a workman who believes the papers? He takes it for granted that they’re all propaganda and skips the leading articles. He buys his paper for the football results and the little paragraphs about girls falling out of windows and corpses found in Mayfair flats. He is our problem. We have to recondition him. But the educated public, the people who read the high-brow weeklies, don’t need reconditioning. They’re all right already. They’ll believe anything.”

C.S. Lewis, from “That Hideous Strength”, 1945


‘There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.’

George Orwell


April 12, 2017 – Conspiracy Theories: Why the More Educated Don’t Believe Them








September 15, 2010 – Aspartame – Truth vs Fiction – Science-Based Medicine

Hopefully, you don’t believe everything you read on the internet, and you don’t get your science news from e-mail SPAM, where the above scenario is a common theme. While there are many manifestations of this type of urban legend, I am speaking specifically about aspartame – an artificial sweetener


October 24, 2012 – Harvard hospital admits it promoted weak science on aspartame


July 26, 2013 – Don’t Believe the Anti-Sweetener Propaganda

Don’t Believe the Anti-Sweetener Propaganda. Because … One of the most commonly used sugar substitutes, not only in our products, but in diet foods and kitchens all over the world, is aspartame. There are many who would demonize aspartame as a “chemical,” going so far as to link it to cancer


January 31, 2015 – 1 in 5 millennials think vaccines cause autism – Vox

The empirical research on this issue is clear: there is no connection between vaccines and autism. The Lancet, a British medical journal, in 2010 retracted a high-profile study from 1998 that falsely claimed to find a link between vaccines and autism, discrediting the one major piece of evidence vaccine


March 10, 2015 – Quit being afraid of GMOs | Technique


2017 – Did first-time use of photo ID cause 200,000 drop in Wisconsin voter turnout?


January 5, 2017 – Consumers still opposed to GM food – The Western Producer


January 10, 2017 – Don’t Believe All the Bad Sh*t People Say About Diet Coke


January 20, 2017 – Science falling victim to ‘crisis of narcissism‘ | Science | The Guardian


January 25, 2017 – Why So Many Americans Don’t ‘Believe’ In Evolution, Climate Change


February 1, 2017 – Did You Fall for an Internet Hoax? | American Beverage Association

Do you think it’s “common knowledge” that aspartame causes cancer? If so, you’ve fallen for a decades old internet hoax


February 1, 2017 – Global voter turnout is dropping dramatically across the world — Quartz


February 2, 2017 – U.K. – The drop in museum visitors reveals a nation without aspiration or hope


February 12, 2017 – ‘Hearsay on social media’ being blamed for falling vaccine rates


February 13, 2017 – Why religious vaccine exemptions are on the rise in New Jersey


February 20, 2017 – Editorial: Don’t believe anti-vaccine theories – Evansville Courier


March 7, 2017 – Do vaccines cause diabetes? Of course not

There is no evidence to suggest that vaccines cause diabetes (or autism or anything else).


April 12, 2017 – Conspiracy Theories: Why the More Educated Don’t Believe Them


April 13, 2017 – Vaccination policy is not a topic for debate – The State Press


May 5, 2017 – Why people hate GMOs (when they shouldn’t) – ZME Science


May 7, 2017 – Why You Don’t Believe In Facts, And How To Fix It · Lisa Charlotte Rost


May 18, 2017 – Census shows pervasive decline in 2016 minority voter turnout


May 28, 2017 – Nutrasweet in Milk but It’s Not on the Label?

Over the past week, there’s been a real buzz in the whole foodie blog realm about the government’s apparent push to add Nutrasweet (aspartame) to milk–with no labeling


June 23, 2017 – Most doctors don’t trust drug company research .

Even doctors don’t believe the drug companies. Around 80 per cent say medical research is skewed and can’t be trusted, a new survey has found.


June 24, 2017 – The Challenge of Fighting Mistrust in Science – The Atlantic

People who don’t believe in climate change, or evolution, or who mistrust vaccines all come to those conclusions for different reasons.


July 20, 2017 – New study projects stunning drop in 2018 millennial voter turnout in battleground states


July 25, 2017 – Don’t Believe The Media, GMOs Are Actually Harmless – Odyssey

Yes, you heard correctly, they aren’t actually bad for you.


July 26, 2017 – California’s Low Voter Turnout Driven by Demographics


August 5, 2017 – Global crackdown on parents who refuse vaccines for their kids


August 21, 2017 – Vaccines Don’t Cause SIDS, No Matter What Vaccine Court Says


August 28, 2017 – Smithsonian Magazine Busted Over Fake Aspartame News


September 13, 2017 – Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage – CBS News

A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu


November 9, 2017 – Texas – Travis County voter turnout dropped more than 50 percent between the 2016 presidential election and Tuesday’s local and constitutional election


November 30, 2017 – Why do some people think climate change is a hoax? – Debating Europe


December 28, 2017 – The evidence-based medicine problem: US doctors keep doing expensive procedures that don’t work

The proportion of medical procedures unsupported by evidence may be nearly half.

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