The scientific process and the generation of doubt : controversy versus polemic.
It’s time to stop confusing sterile debates and pseudoscience with the healthy controversies that nourish scientific progress.
Adding fluoride to tap water to prevent tooth decay is one of our greatest public health achievements. Yet, myths persist about whether it’s safe and works.
Myths that fluoridated water isn't natural, safe, doesn't work and shouldn't be used to make up infant formula persist. Here's what the evidence says.
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Outlawing evolution in schools is based on creationist misconceptions – here's how to counter them
Uber CEO Kalanick quickly learned the dangers of not taking a stand on hot-button political issues.
Companies historically have avoided taking stands on contentious issues, but new research suggests consumers punish businesses that don't stand up for their core values.
On New Year’s Eve, Mariah Carey was at a loss for words.
From The Monkees to Mariah Carey, lip-syncers have been getting mocked for decades.
Let them speak.
Controversial arguments and ideas should be listened to and open to public scrutiny. Only then can we expose those ideas found wanting and lacking any credibility.
Award-winning French author Michel Houellebecq is no stranger to controversy.
When gunmen (thought to be radicalized Muslims) burst into the offices of Charlie Hebdo on the morning of January 7, the front page of the satirical newspaper’s most recent edition featured a caricature…
Frederic Bazille’s Studio 9 Rue de la Condamine (left) and Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barber Shop (right). The computer was able to detect similarities in the composition of both paintings. Yellow circles indicate similar objects, red lines indicate composition, and the blue square represents similar structural elements.
I was the lead of a team of computer scientists at Rutgers that published a paper this past August titled, “Toward Automated Discovery of Artistic Influence.” In that paper we reported on our research…
Climate change tends to attract some form of protest such as this in 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The debate over climate change is relatively young while nuclear power and pesticides have been heated topics since the 1960s, and fluoridation since the 1950s. So what is it about these scientific controversies…