Distortions of reality can be though of as falling along a continuum, with delusions at the severe end of that continuum. / Credit: Guten Tag Vector/Shutterstock This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. The phrase “alternative facts” has recently made […]


Melania Trump allegedly plagiarised a speech given by Michelle Obama in 2008. STF/EPA Melania Trump’s apparent plagiarism of the speech given by Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic Convention reminds us of the importance we continue to ascribe to originality and to authenticity in public life. At the Republican Convention, […]

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The University of California at Berkeley. DAVID MADISON/GETTY IMAGES WHEN ASTRONOMER SARAH Ballard walked onto the University of California, Berkeley, campus for an academic job interview in February, it was a homecoming. She had attended college there, walking to class underneath the Seussian London plane trees as the campanile chimed periodically in the […]


UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON Ray Hilborn, a professor at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, is under fire from Greenpeace over his alleged failure to disclose the corporate interests€ backing his research. A prominent fisheries scientist who has challenged the need for marine conservation is under investigation by […]