GONE ARE the days when conspiracy-mongers had to find shards of evidence and contort it to convince people. Now, just their malevolence is needed. If a concocted scenario can’t be proved, then perhaps it can’t be disproved either. That is toxic for a stable society and politics. So how did we get here, and how do we get out? Nancy L. Rosenblum of Harvard University and Russell Muirhead of Dartmouth College are the authors of “A Lot of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy” (Princeton, 2019). Though conspiracy theories have always existed, they note that today something is different and dangerous: “Conspiracy without the theory.” Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. “Its proponents dispense with evidence and explanation. Their charges take the form of bare assertion,” they explain in an interview. “It is a powerful force, with the capacity to … [Read more...] about Conspiracy theories are dangerous—here’s how to crush them
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Allison Pearson shared the rationale behind her decision to visit a private GP in her column this week. Namely, the inadequate time given to talk things through properly during appointments. However, she also addressed what exactly was at fault with our ailing health service, including a failure to adequately prepare for an overwhelming surge in patient numbers as well as a crisis in GP recruitment. Telegraph readers were quick to share their experiences of both NHS and private healthcare, as well as what they thought could be done to address the problems with GP services. Read on for the best of Telegraph reader comments on GPs, private healthcare and the NHS. Remember to share your view in the comments section. How should the NHS be run? @Emma Hampton "At the heart of the problems with the NHS is its culture. It is excessively hierarchical, and far too few practitioners have the necessary communication skills. "At the top … [Read more...] about ‘No doctor with any sense would train to be a GP’
I remember a time when a wrapper was something that covered a bar of chocolate.I also remember a time when fortnight described a two-week block on the calendar. Yet, nowadays, it’s best known for triggering the freshest generation to think of their favourite computer game character within the global phenomenon known as Fortnite.My first experience of Fortnite was during the 2018 Fifa World Cup when France’s main man, Antoine Griezmann, celebrated opening his goal-scoring account against Australia, in Russia, with a strange-looking, crotch-holding jig towards the packed stands.In my innocence, I thought it was a lame rebuttal to compete with Paul Pogba’s Dab celebration, which had hijacked the celebration world and was now being used to mark achievement in everything from bottle-flipping to fidget spinning.Thankfully, fads fade away.But Fortnite is no fad, and it is not going to fade away anytime soon, if anything it is going to develop into something other-worldly and … [Read more...] about How long before esports applies to IOC for Olympic Games status?
Daniel R. DePetris 9 July 2019 7:04 PM 9 July 2019 7:04 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Jeremy Hunt has tried to end the war of words between Donald Trump and Britain’s ambassador in Washington. But his open warning to the US president – that Trump’s foul-mouthed broadsides against Sir Kim Darroch are “disrespectful and wrong to our Prime Minister and my country” – is bound to backfire. Instead of calming the situation, Hunt is pouring more fuel onto the fire. Trump lobbing another grenade across the pond later in the day is now virtually guaranteed. Of course, as Foreign Secretary, Hunt has a responsibility to defend his employees. In a distant second place to Boris Johnson in the Tory leadership contest, Hunt may have also calculated that standing up to the American bully will score him points among Tory members as a patriotic Brit who loves his country. But if Hunt thinks a brushback … [Read more...] about Jeremy Hunt shows he doesn’t know how to handle Donald Trump
The number of people with dementia is set to double in the next 20 years, so the importance of physical activity in preventing memory loss cannot be over-stressed, writes Margaret Jennings.For years research has pointed to the healthy pay-off of exercise, with it commonly tagged in the media as ‘the magic pill’ for ageing well.The benefits are indisputable — increased flexibility, balance, muscular strength, stress relief, and reduced risk on manyage-related diseases, to name just some. But can exercise stave off memory loss — one of the top fears we have around ageing — as ongoing studies suggest?With the number of people with dementia in Ireland expected to more than double over the next 20 years — from 55,000 today to 113,000 in 2036 — as an increasing number of us living into much older age, we could indeed do with such a ‘magic pill’.However, nothing is that simple, of course.The latest World Health Organisation (WHO) … [Read more...] about Move it or lose it: Exercise to beat cognitive decline