Edward Jenner, who pioneered vaccination, and two colleagues (right) seeing off three anti-vaccination opponents, with the dead lying at their feet (1808).
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Some people have objected to childhood vaccination since it was introduced in the late 1700s. And their reasons sound remarkably familiar to those of anti-vaxxers today.
Erdogan and Trump getting theoretical.
They're not just about aliens and moon landings.
Officials check an electronic voting machine.
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Election results almost always come with conspiracy theories attached, but India's latest round of recriminations goes deeper than usual.
Activists form a red ribbon, the symbol of the worldwide campaign against AIDS in Russia, 2010.
In Russia, social networks have given a new life to the conspiracy theory that HIV-AIDS is a global hoax.
Gurneys to remove bodies from the Heaven’s Gate cult house in San Diego, California, March 27, 1997.
Twenty years ago, the paranoia that consumed cults like Heaven's Gate existed on the margins of American society. Now it's moved toward the center of the nation's political life.
This man needs to trust you before listening to your public health message. No wonder bombarding him with facts doesn’t always work.
Reassuring people "not to worry" about public health issues like vaccination or fluoridated water doesn't work. Nor does telling people "don't panic". So, what does?
Dramatic. But also fictitious, like The Sun’s article.
The reporting of crackpot theories as news by mainstream news outlets only damages the credibility of the media and science, and undermines public trust in both.
Unrestricted access to information is vital to a vibrant democracy.But if this information is inaccurate, biased or falsified, the fundamental freedom of informed choice is denied.
Ready to serve.
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When a search query is loaded with implicit false assumptions, Google's results don't always promote the truth.
How can we make sense of information in today’s connected world?
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Researchers have found that today's students, despite being 'digital natives,' have a hard time distinguishing what is real and what is fake online. Metaliteracy might provide the answers.
What do you believe in?
Four stories on belief: from the allure of cults and conspiracy theories, to the effect of trauma on faith, to the way dogma has influenced science – and if technology can actually shift our beliefs.
Donald Trump makes a point in the third presidential debate.
Democracy rests heavily on the idea that, though we may not like those who govern, they gained that power by fair means. Donald Trump is undermining that idea.
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A volunteer force that provides humanitarian aid in the worst of conditions, the White Helmets are the target of some very caustic conspiracy theory.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gestures to supporters as he departs a Sept. 13 campaign rally in Clive, Iowa.
The same forces that drive belief in conspiracy theories are the ones driving the rise of Donald Trump. So it's no wonder that, less than two months until the election, he continues to dabble in and promote them.
Donald Trump has enacted the paranoid style, giving its ideas a platform and legitimacy, in his presidential campaign.
How does Donald Trump get away with the type of campaign he’s running? Why, if he’s a narcissistic demagogue, has he found an audience who respond to his politics?
Malcolm Roberts was number 2 on the Pauline Hanson’s One Nation ticket.
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Contrary to the claims of One Nation Senator-elect Malcolm Roberts' that climate change is not happening, there is abundant evidence it is, but it might not be enough to persuade him.
According to a recent poll, 45 percent of Americans believe extraterrestrials have visited the Earth.
Raphael Terra, 'UFO Sunset.'
Whether it's Hillary Clinton's courting the UFO vote or Donald Trump's lending credibility to various conspiracy theories, the "triumph of reason" seems to have gone by the wayside.
The author began hearing the sound at night, between the hours of 10 and 11 p.m.
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Shortly after Glen MacPherson started hearing strange humming noises, he created the World Hum and Database Project so people around the world could document their own experiences with the Hum.
Dresden, the setting of Bilderberg 2016.
They may not be the Illuminati but there is a different kind of conspiracy at play at the secretive annual Bilderberg meeting of global elites.
Do you ever feel like this? It’s not helping you get smarter…
We now have access to an Internet containing a vast store of information much bigger than any individual brain can carry - and that's not always a good thing.