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Deal With All These Lies
November 14, 2019 ·

Lucky Tran at The Guardian looks at anti-vaxxers’ use of “firehosing” as a propaganda strategy, and they’re hardly alone in using it: Firehosing relies on pushing out as many lies as possible as frequently as possible. That’s typical for propaganda, but the aspect that makes firehosing a unique strategy is that it doesn’t require the …

Sagan’s Candle In The Dark
November 13, 2019 ·

Carl Sagan’s book The Demon-Haunted World was published in 1996. The contents reveal Sagan’s passion for critical thinking (scientific thinking) and dislike for popular media misrepresentations of science. He warns and provides examples of the negative impacts associated with pseudoscience. The contents cover a wide range of topics and illustrate his love of finding the …

The Lighthouse: A Fog of Madness and Superstition
November 12, 2019 ·

The new genre-bending film The Lighthouse is hard to describe. I’ve seen it mentioned as everything from a horror film to a dark comedy to a psychological thriller. I can’t really tell you what it is, but I can tell you what it’s about, and why you should see it. The basics are pretty straightforward: …

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News & Announcements

CFI Urges Supreme Court: Keep Montana Tax Dollars Out of Religious Schools
November 14, 2019

A Montana Supreme Court decision upholding church-state separation and rejecting the use of a state tax credit program to pay for religious school education is now under threat in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The question before the high court is whether Montana must fund religious schools when a state benefit flows to secular schools. …

TAKE ACTION: Honor Carl Sagan by Helping Protect Science in Policymaking
November 11, 2019

Dear Friend of CFI, Did you know that this past Saturday was Carl Sagan Day? Born November 9, 1934, Carl Sagan was an extraordinary astronomer and science communicator who inspired millions with the wonders of science and helped to found the skepticism movement and what would become the Center for Inquiry. To honor his memory, …

TIES Update: Entertaining and Enlightening Human Errors
November 5, 2019

The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES), a program of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, gives middle school teachers the tools they need to effectively teach evolution and answer its critics. TIES is closing out another successful year. Five new TIES workshops have been added since our last update, and in the …

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Press Releases

How to Live Your Best Life, No Pseudoscience Required, in ‘Skeptical Inquirer’
October 23, 2019

Self-help gurus are unavoidable on bookstore shelves, daytime talk show panels, and sometimes even presidential debate stages, and each promises to help you “live your best life,” as long as you buy their pseudoscience-saturated books, supplements, videos, and power crystals.  The latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer, the magazine for science and reason, offers a reality-based alternative …

TIES GETS TO 50: Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science Celebrates its 50th State
October 4, 2019

On August 21, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state in the United States of America.  And on November 2, 2019, Hawaii will become the 50th state to host a workshop by TIES, the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science! Launched in 2015 by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, now part of the Center …

Free Inquiry: Ex-Muslim Women Defying Oppression
September 25, 2019

The latest issue of Free Inquiry magazine features a stirring and defiant essay from Zara Kay, collaborating with Peter Clarke, telling of the crushing oppressiveness of blasphemy and apostasy laws in parts of the Muslim world and how those laws victimize women in particular. Women in these countries, already restricted in how they dress, what …