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The Curse of Iatrogenesis: When "Cures" Make Us Sicker

In my previous post, I proposed that much or all of the effectiveness of antidepressants may stem from the placebo effect. In Anatomy of an Epidemic (Crown, 2010), the journalist Robert Whitaker raises the even more disturbing possibility that psychiatric drugs, on balance, may be making many people sicker...

July 18, 2011 — John Horgan

In Defense of Wishful Thinking

In my most recent post and others—and in chats with George Johnson and Robert Wright on —I rail against biological determinism and defend free will.

July 5, 2011 — John Horgan

Don't Believe Scare Stories about Cyber War

For years, a friend I'll call Chip, knowing my obsession with war, has been telling me: "Cyber War! That's what you should be writing about! Real war is passé!" Chip keeps sending me stories about all the damage digital attacks do—or rather, might do, because as far as I can tell cyber war hasn't claimed a single life...

June 3, 2011 — John Horgan

The Genuine Articles: Why I'm Upbeat about Science Journalism's Future

Which topic are science journalists most likely to talk about when they get together? A) The epistemological issues raised by multiverse theories; B) The revival of social Darwinist ideas in Tea Party rhetoric; C) The relevance of experiments on sea slug brains to the debate over free will; D) Statistical evidence linking global warming to this spring's tornado outbreak; or E) None of the above...

May 23, 2011 — John Horgan

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