The self-help industry is booming, but its advice is rarely based on solid evidence

From love languages, to Good Vibes, to The Secret, the self-help industry is thriving - even though less than a fifth of self-help books are based on empirical research

Echo chambers create an illusion of consensus around medical misinformation

Patients can find themselves beset from all sides by medical misinformation - and that constant repetition can make it feel like claims of miracle cures have something to them

Who is “That Girl”, and why do Gen Zs worship her routine?

The "That Girl" social media trend promises an idealised glimpse at a perfect life, but sets unrealistic expectations for one-size-fits-all routines

Rather less than more: More or Less misses the mark on placebo effects

In praising the power of the placebo effect, the statistical sleuths at the BBC's More or Less cited small, subjective studies that have failed to replicate

Psychic predictions for 2021 in review: peace talks from Donald Trump, and an end to Covid

2021 once again saw a slew of psychic predictions in the media - and a near-perfect record of misses and failures.

Is there really a recent spike in cases of spiking by injection?

Recent media reporting over the risk of being spiked by injection has caused a great deal of anxiety, without any real evidence that such an epidemic exists.

Is the US government worried about UFOs? Or is that just what THEY want you to think?

Before the media report on the US government's interest in UFOs, they ought to take a look at whose making UFO claims - and who is funding them

Are young people turning to god in the pandemic? Don’t believe the prayer PR

The BBC reported on a growth of religiosity in young people... based on a flawed opinion poll from a Christian PR firm hired by "The Eternal Wall of Answered Prayers"

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