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A new book takes science to task, and it couldn’t come at a better time

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As a science journalist and former researcher, I was terrified by British psychologist Stuart Ritchie’s new book, . Ritchie lays out all of the ways in which modern science has failed, with a plethora of shocking and embarrassing examples, many involving famous studies. He lists negligence in scientific methods, bias in the search for answers, hyping up of a study’s results, and flat-out fraud as being science’s four horsemen of the apocalypse, and he cites scandal after scandal in the fields of medicine, biology, and especially his own discipline of psychology as evidence. …


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During Covid-19, spending time with old fictional friends could pay dividends

It’s often said that Netflix and other streaming services have ushered in a golden era of high-quality television. There are so many great new shows to watch that some viewers are using accelerated playback options to binge content more quickly. The fast-cast is replacing the broadcast.

If the task of hacking through your streaming queues already feels daunting, the idea of wasting precious tube time rewatching familiar shows or movies may seem anathema. But in fact, experts say revisiting much-loved shows, movies, or books may offer health incentives that unfamiliar content can’t match.

Shira Gabriel, PhD, is an associate professor…


In her new book ‘Boys and Sex,’ Peggy Orenstein makes the case for having more frank conversations with teens about porn, consent, and feelings. Even if you’d rather poke your eye out.

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Peggy Orenstein has been writing bestselling books about girls’ development for 25 years, from to . But after her last book, , she realized no one was talking to teenage boys about sex — or at least, not listening to them about it.

For her new book, , she spent two years interviewing more than 100 boys between the ages of 16 and 22 from high schools and colleges around the U.S.


From its soul-sucking Dementors to its marginalized heroes, the world of ‘Harry Potter’ world helps kids learn tolerance and compassion

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More than 500 million copies of have sold worldwide, making it the best selling book series of all time.

I was six when my mother read to me for the first time. I still have all the books in hard copy andon cassette tape (the Jim Dale recordings, obviously).

I am 25 now, and I recently relistened to the series on audiobook. Throughout my 127 hours with the audiobooks (I was committed), I was struck by the intricate integration of mental health, empathy, and lessons of kindness throughout J.K. Rowling’s work.

Following my audio-binge, I…


Two new books about breast cancer look at the disease in a different light

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Earlier this year, I was having drinks with my friend L. We hadn’t seen each other in quite a while because she had moved out to the West Coast, while I still live in New York. We were already close, but our friendship grew more rooted when she and I were diagnosed with breast cancer within weeks of one another during the summer of 2016.

Having each other as sounding boards to share fears and commiserate about surgery and treatment aftermath and side effects helped immeasurably. But what struck me then, and what I brought up again over cocktails, was…

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