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ERRORS OF JUDGEMENT: WHY ARE SO MANY OF US WRONG?

In my book, Snake Oil is Alive and Well, I devoted much attention to the psychological research explaining why judgments are frequently erroneous. In it, I analyzed several mechanisms for the formation of false beliefs (biases), a major one of which is the so-called “confirmation bias,” as discussed below: CONFIRMATION BIAS This represents the tendency …

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CAN REDUCING ONE’S WEIGHT DECREASE RISK FOR DEVELOPING CANCER?

For many years, we have known that obesity increases one’s risk for developing cancer in various parts of the body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is a leading cause of preventable cancers, along with smoking, heavy drinking and exposure to ultraviolet radiation. People who are overweight or obese have a …

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SECOND AMENDMENT’S GUN RIGHTS: WHAT DID OUR FOUNDERS INTEND?

In the wake of our latest school shooting, which followed a series of others too numerous to list, we often overlook the original intent of our founders when they adopted the second amendment. This should shed some light on our present situation. After a lively debate in 1789, the final version of the second amendment …

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Drug Addiction: Learning From Elsewhere

A recent blog was created by my cousin, Sheila Kennedy, attorney, formerly candidate for the U.S. Congress, and prior executive director of the Indiana Division of the ACLU. She writes excellent blogs that I highly recommend. The one noted below can be found with the following link: https://sheilakennedy.net/2022/05/learning-from-portugal/ It addresses our ubiquitous problem of drug …

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DO WE REALLY NEED ROE V WADE? View from a Medical Perspective

Those who oppose voluntary termination of pregnancies usually call their movement “right to life.” But if asked how they define life, the answers are quite diverse. Does life begin with the fusion of two cells at the time of fertilization? At the time of a fully developed baby’s arrival? Or any time outside of these …

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THE GOLO DIET: ANOTHER OVER-HYPED WEIGHT LOSS PLAN

According to its promoters, as constantly bombarded on TV, on the Golo plan you’ll reduce your caloric intake through a standard diet combined with a supplement that is purchased from the producer. The Golo diet, also known as the Golo Metabolic Plan, was launched in 2009. According to the diet’s official website, it was developed …

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