One thing I’ve realized during the past 5 years or so is the mind-boggling amount of crap information that’s passed around as absolute truth. Of course, the arrival of the internet only hugely magnified this problem, so we live in an age where it can be extremely difficult to know what’s true and what’s not.
It seems like everyone around is trying to manipulate our thinking, taking advantage of human biases and weaknesses in logic to convince us to believe what they are trying to sell. Politicians do it, companies do it, religious organizations do it, etc etc.
In this post, I’ll list a number of great resources that have helped me in this journey to really understand how things work and cut through the crap. I’ll keep updating this list over the years.
Health & Medicine
- Science-Based Medicine – Discusses popular health-related topics like vaccines, homeopathy etc.
- PainScience.com – All about pain and associated treatments. Learn what works and what doesn’t.
- Examine.com – Research about supplements and nutrition
- FoundMyFitness – More exotic topics well examined
- Athlean-X – Favorite site for building muscle
Science & Philosophy
- LessWrong – Deep resource into philosophical arguments, rationality and logic.
- Skeptic.com – Many topics covered and also a great podcast (Science Salon)
- Skeptical Science
- Skeptical Enquirer
- Center for Enquiry
I also recommend the Science Salon podcast hosted by Michael Schermer.
Economics & Politics
- Behavioral Scientist – Discusses many current topics from a behavioral science perspective.
- The Library of Economics & Liberty
- American Institute for Economic Research
- Mises Institute
- Notes on Liberty