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Natália Pasternak

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Natalia Pasternak is a microbiologist with a PhD in bacterial genetics and a research fellow at the University of Sao Paulo. She’s founder and current president of Instituto Questão de Ciência (Question of Science Institute).

The ‘scientist as lone genius’ is a myth that obscures real stories of scientific discovery

Science communication that focuses on lone geniuses making accidental discoveries can prime the public to accept quacks masquerading as mavericks

When it comes to our health, doing nothing is often better than doing something wrong

Most of the time, being proactive can be a good thing, but when it comes to healthcare, doing nothing is better than doing something stupid.

Kardecism: the fringe spiritualist doctrine which became the soul of pseudoscience in Brazil

Kardecism - an 19th century off-shoot of spiritualism - found fertile ground in Brazil, and grew to wholly undermine trust in science and medicine.

Brazilian Congress turns green – not for the environment, but for homeopathy

Brazil continues to make baffling healthcare decisions, including lighting up the Brazilian congress buildings... in honour of homeopathy

Brazil’s government throw their weight behind Creationism and Intelligent Design

Driven by the Discovery Institute, Creationism and Intelligent Design have been gaining ground in Brazil, and finding support in government.

Rectal ozone therapy: Brazil’s latest COVID-19 pseudoscience

Brazil's rectal ozone therapy may sound ridiculous, but the reach of the pseudoscience movement is no joke

Hydroxychloroquine: when bad science goes mainstream

As covid-19 spreads across Brazil, Natalia Pasternak and Carlos Orsi highlight how one purported miracle cure found friends in very high places.

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