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The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.

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Useless Words, Gossip, Rumors, and Tittle-Tattle
February 27, 2020


First off, you know Quackwatch? Sure you do. Guess what: Quackwatch is now part of CFI. The duck stops here. Vice President Mike Pence doesn’t believe in evolution. He doesn’t believe smoking causes cancer. He addressed an HIV epidemic in Indiana by praying it away. Trump has chosen him to lead the United States’ task …

Junk News as Science | David Mikkelson
February 27, 2020

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David Mikkelson is the founder and CEO of Snopes.com, the oldest and most respected fact-checking site online. This talk is an overview of the different ways in which forms of junk news and misinformation are propagated as being science-based and what that means for the people who consume that kind of news. Mikkelson founded the …

Getting the Chemistry Right | Joe Schwarz
February 21, 2020

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Plastic in the microwave releases dioxins. Ice cream contains beaver butt extract. Margarine is one molecule away from plastic. GM corn is tainted with Agent Orange. Radiesthetic colors cure disease. Alkaline water fights cancer. Alpha Spin fully optimizes the body’s molecular functions via resonance. Chemicals in non-stick pans are linked to smaller penises. Just a …

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News & Announcements


A Clear Vision for 2020: CFI’s Progress Report
February 25, 2020

We are in the midst of confusing and uncertain times. Misinformation pollutes the public discourse to the point of exhaustion as truth obscured and rights are diminished. At the dawn of a new decade, clarity seems to be in short supply. As cliche as it might sound, the year 2020 suggests a time to focus, …

Secular Priorities Front and Center in Meeting with Congressional Freethought Caucus
Office of Public Policy
February 12, 2020

Federal lawmakers and leaders from the reality-based community met on Capitol Hill on Monday, February 10, when the Congressional Freethought Caucus invited secular advocacy organizations to share ideas and discuss priorities. The Center for Inquiry was there, represented by president and CEO Robyn Blumner and Director of Government Affairs Jason Lemieux. Chaired by Reps. Jared …

Please welcome CFI’s new Development Director Connie Skingel
February 6, 2020

Our mission to advance reason and science has perhaps never been more critical, as we face unprecedented assaults on secular government, evidence-based medicine, and basic facts. To carry on this fight, the Center for Inquiry relies on the support of people like you, and we need dedicated and talented professionals to secure the resources we …

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Press Releases


QUACKWATCH Joins the Center for Inquiry
February 26, 2020

For many years, Quackwatch.org and its related websites have been an indispensable and trusted resource in the fight to expose the fraud of health-related pseudoscience and fake medicine. Their mission will continue as part of the Center for Inquiry.  Quackwatch and its related sites house an exhaustive array of information, advice, and news for consumers, activists, media, regulatory …

Confessions of a Former Fake Doctor in ‘Skeptical Inquirer’
February 12, 2020

“Six years ago, I was a quack.”  In the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer, Britt Hermes tells of her previous life as a licensed “naturopathic doctor.” She exposes the lies and self-deception of the alternative-medicine industry and describes how her courage put her in legal jeopardy. Trained in naturopathy, a system that relies on pseudoscientific treatments …

CFI Blasts Trump’s ‘Twisted Vision’ of Christian Nationalism in State of the Union
February 5, 2020

In last night’s State of the Union address, President Donald Trump crowed that, “In America, we celebrate faith. We cherish religion. We lift our voices in prayer, and we raise our sights to the Glory of God!” This rhetoric goes far beyond the usual exaltations of faith that are commonplace in political oratory. It is …