Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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Questioning everything with a hopeful skeptic
Guy P. Harrison
We are living in unique and challenging times. Consider these tips from a cognitive scientist to help you navigate the deceptions and delusions.
How might belief in ancient astronauts harm the potential of our species today?
The COVID-19 pandemic is generating waves of fantasies and fraud that are sweeping the globe. Our only defense is to practice good mental hygiene in the form of critical thinking.
Interest in space, including the possibility of extraterrestrial life, should be encouraged. But we don’t have to surrender our critical thinking to pursue these ideas.
Improve your decision-making skills by paying attention to the troublesome anchoring bias.
Knowing these simple facts about how human memory works can help you avoid many problems over a lifetime.
When it comes to defining life, gray zones and blurry boundaries abound.
Would it be morally justifiable to kill alien life in order to learn more about it?
Is fake news only a problem for the clinically stupid? Think again. Here are some ways to prevent yourself from falling victim to digital delusions and frauds.
Don't fall for these unscientific claims about the theory of evolution
Should the outside world share at least some knowledge of prehistory, history, and science with secluded pockets of humanity?
What if I were to suggest that viruses run this planet? Would you believe me?
Want to be more creative? Start walking like a caveman.
The great contradiction in the gun debate that no one is talking about.
These seven keys to good thinking will serve you well over your lifetime.
You will never be at your intellectual best without paying attention to this Dirty Dozen of cognitive traps.
Donald Trump is not the problem. He's a symptom of the problem.
If "cult" is a sleazy, illogical slur word, why does everyone use it?
America is again focusing on its race problem and, once again, ignoring the past
What do you say to people who claim nobody ever walked on the Moon?
We all have a natural weakness for authority figures. To be safer, question everything and think twice before following orders.
Explore the rational and irrational sides of doomsday.
Homeopathic products are popular these days. What does a doctor say about them?
It takes more than a high IQ and an impressive education to be a good critical thinker.
"The Martian" talks space and story telling.
Billions of human brains are infected with a bizarre cat parasite that seems to influence our personality and behavior. Could they be altering the course of human history as well?
We are a god-creating species. It is inaccurate, confusing, and dishonest to frame general belief discussions in the context of only one god.
Change. Grow. Improve. Think and be fully human.
Are religions out of bounds? Academy Award winner Ben Affleck and neuoscientist Sam Harris clash over Islam on HBO's Real Time. Here's what you need to know.
Even during times of global economic hardships, alternative medicine believers spend vast sums of money on products that almost certainly do not work. Why?
Guy P. Harrison is the author of Think: Why You Should Question Everything.