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The Overwhelming Exaltation of Ignorance
February 21, 2019 ·

There’s a new Point of Inquiry episode! This time, Jim Underdown talks to Massimo Polidoro and Kenny Biddle, “two of the top investigators in the skeptic movement.” In our latest Secular Rescue story of success, we have Dhaka Tribune columnist and Mokta-Muna contributor Nur E Emroz Alam, aka, “Tonoy”: He lamented the “overwhelming exaltation of ignorance” in …

The Biology Behind Placebo Effects
February 21, 2019 ·

Common statements heard when discussing placebo effects include “it’s not real; it’s the placebo effect” or “it’s just in your head.” Each of these statements reflects the belief that placebo effects aren’t beneficial or are worthless. This is an erroneous viewpoint; placebo effects often produce robust psychological and physiological effects that are very real. Placebo-induced …

The Prodigy: A Skeptical Film Review
February 18, 2019 ·

The new horror film The Prodigy is about an evil child, and therefore follows a fairly predictable formula. The kid starts as a bundle of joy, then bad things happen but no one wants to believe the child did them, then the terror escalates as a parent or caregiver discovers a horrifying secret that leads …

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News & Announcements

CFI Welcomes New UN Advocate: Andreas Kyriacou
United Nations
February 20, 2019

The Center for Inquiry has held special consultative status with the United Nations since 2005, allowing us to advance our mission on the world stage, form alliances with like-minded international organizations, deliver public addresses to an audience of diplomats and delegations, and sometimes even stir up a little trouble when needed. Our UN representatives have the responsibility …

Secular Rescue Story: Defying Fear
February 20, 2019

Secular Rescue is a program of the Center for Inquiry that identifies those writers, activists, and everyday citizens in countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Iraq who live under the threat of violence and death and provides financial and diplomatic assistance to help these them escape to safety. Nur E Emroz Alam “Tonoy” is known in …

TAKE ACTION: End the Religious Exemption to Vaccination in New York!
February 20, 2019

Dear Friend of CFI in New York State: We need your help to protect New Yorkers from preventable outbreaks. Diseases that had been eradicated are now coming back due to the spread of dangerous, anti-scientific, anti-vaccine propaganda. And much of this propaganda is religious. Will you tell your state representatives to support legislation repealing the religious exemption for …

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Press Releases

Omitting “So Help Me God” is No “Mistake,” Atheist Orgs Tell House Committee
February 12, 2019

A coalition of secularist groups, led by the Center for Inquiry, is urging Rep. Raul Grijalva, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, to continue with the committee’s plan to make the phrase “so help me God” optional for witnesses being sworn in for testimony, and not to back down to pressure from the religious …

Bladensburg Cross Excludes Non-Christian Veterans and Violates Constitution, CFI Tells Supreme Court
February 1, 2019

The Bladensburg war memorial is a blatant and obvious endorsement of Christianity, in violation of the Constitution and an affront to non-Christian military servicemembers, the Center for Inquiry told the U.S. Supreme Court in an amicus brief for the case of Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission v. American Humanist Association, submitted in partnership with allies in the …

New Mexico Naturopath Bill Risks Patients’ Health and Legitimizes Fake Medicine
January 31, 2019

A bill granting naturopaths the authority to practice primary care medicine risks the health of New Mexicans and legitimizes fake medicine, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) warned the New Mexico State Senate. The Naturopathic Doctors’ Practice Act (SB 135) would grant licensure to practitioners of pseudoscientific treatments despite the lack of evidence for their effectiveness …