The Placebo Effect: Unleashing the Power of Intention?

By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on October 7, 2021 The placebo effect: manifesting positive outcomes. The placebo effect occurs when a person shows positive outcomes because they expect positive outcomes, usually due to some sort of intervention or special treatment. The presence of trusted authorities providing perceived valuable care can actually manifest positive results, whether thereContinue reading “The Placebo Effect: Unleashing the Power of Intention?”

A Scientist’s Response to Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on September 9, 2021 A report came out on September 7th, 2021 covered by The Seattle Times citing the NIH has allotted $1.6 million to five different institutions to study whether the coronavirus vaccine impacts menstruation. I would like to use this opportunity to give a skeptic scientist’s perspective on whatContinue reading “A Scientist’s Response to Biden’s Vaccine Mandate”

Dear Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Fellow Humans: Be Controversial.

By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on July 29, 2021 Believe it or not, a doctoral program isn’t designed to make you an expert in your field: that is a pleasant consequence. Sometimes I think even scientists forget this. A PhD program is designed to teach you how to think. It teaches you how to ask theContinue reading “Dear Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Fellow Humans: Be Controversial.”

Scientism: Rationalizing Cultural Polarization

By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on May 20, 2021 The goal of this piece is to highlight the division that is running rampant through our country. I find the majority of arguments these days are built on assumption and polarization. Instead of arguing productively, we just angrily shout at our metaphorical neighbors over the fence thatContinue reading “Scientism: Rationalizing Cultural Polarization”

Capitalism Reinforces Biased Science

By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on April 8, 2021 Industry science unapologetically profits off of academic grunt work. Academics are the underappreciated foundation that allows pharmaceutical companies to succeed. According to National Science Foundation, nearly half of academic research in the US is covered by government funding. Every lab I’m aware of received some federal grantContinue reading “Capitalism Reinforces Biased Science”