Does organic food cause autism? Could Nicolas Cage movies make you more likely to drown? Six ways to misuse statistics


Back in the 1940s before the polio vaccine was invented, the disease caused a lot of anxiety among parents of small children. How could you reduce your child’s risk of contracting this nasty illness? Some misguided public health experts apparently … Continue reading

Chemical spill in West Virginia: what IS that stuff?


A few days ago a company called Freedom Industries spilled a massive amount of a licorice-scented compound called 4-methylcyclohexane methanol into the Elk River, contaminating local water supplies and forcing authorities to turn off the taps until they can determine … Continue reading

What psychedelic drugs illustrate about religion, death and consciousness


This gallery contains 7 photos.

The last sixty years have witnessed what may well be the greatest unplanned mass experiment in the history of neuroscience. Thousands of people have deliberately experimented on themselves by taking chemicals that altered their experience of reality — chemicals like … Continue reading