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September 18, 2020

At Skeptical Inquirer: Susan Gerbic—the woman who did such a great job exposing fake-psychic Thomas John that the New York Times covered it—reviews John’s new show. Benjamin Radford looks back on the exploratory work of naturalist George Cherrie and his reflections on “various bizarre topics including ghost beliefs and superstitions.” Hey, make sure you’re following …

George Cherrie and the Venezuelan Dancing Devil
September 17, 2020


One of the most celebrated American naturalist/explorers was George K. Cherrie (1865–1948), who in his 1930 book Dark Trails: Adventures of a Naturalist (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) wrote about his adventures, primarily in Central and South America. Cherrie engaged in many expeditions, perhaps most famously accompanying Theodore Roosevelt on his nearly-disastrous 1913–1914 jungle descent of Brazil’s …

Women’s Suffrage Centennial – The Intersection of Suffrage and Freethought
September 15, 2020

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One hundred years ago, women across the United States finally won the right to vote after decades of activism and struggle. The role of freethought and religious skepticism in that struggle has been whitewashed out of the history of women’s suffrage, when in fact secularism was a driving force as primary obstacle of suffragists was …

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News & Announcements

Join Richard Dawkins Live Online with Dawkins Award Winner Javed Akhtar Oct. 24
September 18, 2020

You’re invited to join Richard Dawkins, along with supporters of reason and science from around the world, for a special live online event as the 2020 Richard Dawkins Award is presented to India’s Javed Akhtar on Saturday, October 24.  This special virtual ceremony will be streamed live over Zoom, hosted by Richard Dawkins himself. Javed Akhtar will formally …

Intelligent Design and Science Denial: Nathan Lents on the Next SKEPTICAL INQUIRER PRESENTS
September 14, 2020

Evolution Only Breaks Things: The Science Denial at the Heart of Intelligent Design Thursday, September 24 at 7pm ET, on the next Skeptical Inquirer Presents live online event, biologist and bestselling author Nathan Lents will join host Leighann Lord to turn the tables on Intelligent Design, revealing a movement that denies science and ignores evidence.  “Intelligent Design” is the …

We’re Not Backing Down from Walmart
September 11, 2020

The next step in our case against Walmart and homeopathy. Snake oil profiteering has emerged as a genuine crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, exemplifying what we at the Center for Inquiry have been saying for years: Pseudoscientific medicine is dangerous, and those who profit from it must be held accountable.  That’s why we launched our groundbreaking …

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Press Releases

CFI to Court of Appeals: Protect Consumers from Walmart’s Fake Medicine Deception
September 11, 2020

The Center for Inquiry urged the D.C. Court of Appeals to reject Walmart’s attempt to sidestep a consumer-protection lawsuit over the mega-retailer’s deceptive sale and marketing of homeopathic medicine.  CFI, an organization that advocates for reason and science on behalf of consumers, sued Walmart in 2019 under the District’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act for selling homeopathic remedies …

We Could Be Wrong: The Value of Intellectual Humility in ‘Skeptical Inquirer’
September 8, 2020

In our hyperpolarized, hyperpartisan era, perhaps the hardest thing to do is to admit we might be wrong. Baseless, unscientific beliefs are routinely expressed with absolute certainty, and for advocates of science and reason it is tempting to confront false claims with equal conviction, or even contemptuous dismissal. But in the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer, …

CFI Applauds Virginia for Rejecting Religious “Get Out of COVID Vaccine Free” Card
Office of Public Policy
August 25, 2020

Today, lawmakers in Virginia acted to protect public health and uphold secular principles by rejecting legislation that would have created a dangerous and medically unjustifiable religious exemption to emergency immunization orders issued during a public health emergency.  Alerted to the bill’s introduction during a special emergency session of the Virginia State Legislature to address the …