If you’re like me, whenever you find yourself criticizing some form of pseudoscience masquerading as reality you will inevitably get someone who says something like, “Oh, what’s the harm in believing in that? Everyone has to believe in something.” What’s the harm has the answer. This site, organized by category, shows the cost in both dollars and human life of believing in everything from astrology to vaccine denialism. These beliefs have real-life consequences.
What’s the Harm in False Beliefs?
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