You probably know that Ronald Reagan’s old “welfare queen” line about black inner-city women living it rich off their welfare checks was a myth, a distortion based on a single unrepresentative anecdote. Regardless, thirty years later you can find dozens of Tweets every day featuring
Since I’ve moved to Maine, I’ve encountered a lot of friendly people, but I’ve also heard many derogatory comments about the supposed criminality of Somali immigrants who began arriving in Lewiston, Maine in the year 2001. Last year, I decided to check the claim that
Maybe we’re all myth makers.
Hang around anti-choice activists long enough (or let them hang out long enough around you), and you’ll hear one say something like this: Brain waves have been recorded at 40 days on the Electroencephalogram. The medium-form version of the claim goes something like this (see