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- Why People Believe Conspiracy Theories
- It's Official: Homeopathy Is A Load Of Old Bollocks
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Why are conspiracy theories so prevalent, and how do they intersect with other phenomena such as climate change denial? Stephan Lewandowsky, chair of cognitive psychology at the University of Bristol, answered questions on the topic posed by the public on Reddit. The Conversation has curated the highlights.
The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released a new draft paper on the effectiveness of homeopathy following an in-depth analysis across 68 different health conditions. Unsurprisingly, the paper concludes that there is no reliable evidence that homoeopathy is effective for treating any ailment. Rather, it’s a potentially dangerous pseudoscience that can dupe patients into rejecting conventional and effective treatments.
We’ve known for a while that exercise can boost your energy level and your productivity. if you get a short, high-intensity workout first thing in the morning, it can give you the same boost as a cup of coffee — and you’ll enjoy that effect much longer.
You already know that expectations can colour your experiences, but when it comes to wine, it’s especially true. This video from Science Friday explains why our expectations and our environment plays such a huge role in how we perceive this ancient drink.