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Peanut Oil Pooling in Your Brain
September 13, 2019 ·


Socioanalitica Research surveys nonreligious Americans on their political preferences, showing that a mere 13 percent support Trump, but the rest are all split up among a generic Democratic candidate, a third party candidate, and “unsure.” Linda Greenhouse at the New York Times says the conservatives that dominate the Supreme Court are in an “unusual dialogue” …

Why Old News Is Often Fake News
September 5, 2019 ·


We’ve all seen it on social media, especially Facebook. Some friend, or “friend,” or friend of a “friend,” posts a news story. Because it’s social media, the story is often selected (by human nature and algorithms) for its outrage factor. Amid the kitten videos and funny or cute memes, the news stories most likely to …

Categories, Gender Identity, and Women’s Sports
September 4, 2019 ·


We categorize things, using general terms to classify a group of objects. Some things are chairs, others tables, and still other things are fish, fruits, or flowers, and so on. We employ categories for a host of practical reasons, including, of course, to facilitate communication and accomplish various objectives efficiently. Categorizing things makes eminent good …

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News & Announcements


Actress Julia Sweeney Elected to Center for Inquiry Board of Directors
September 13, 2019

The Center for Inquiry is delighted to announce the election of actress, comedian, and playwright Julia Sweeney to its Board of Directors. Beloved for decades as a performer in television, film, and theatre, Sweeney has been a singular pioneer for atheist acceptance in mainstream culture, grappling with the personal challenges of being a nonbeliever with …

Texas Messed with Us. We Will Mess Right Back.
August 22, 2019

When religious Americans get married, they can have their unions solemnized by an officiant who reflects their core beliefs and values. We believe that nonreligious Americans deserve that same right, which is why the Center for Inquiry trains and certifies Secular Celebrants and has waged and won groundbreaking legal victories in Indiana and Illinois that …

TAKE ACTION: Don’t Let Chiropractors Scam Medicare Patients
August 15, 2019

Dear Friend of CFI: Last month, a gift to the chiropractic lobby was introduced in Congress. The Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act (H.R. 3654), introduced on July 9 by Representatives Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Tom Reed (R-NY), would force Medicare to cover all services that the chiropractic industry claims to be within its pseudoscientific repertoire and, …

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Press Releases


Marine Vet to Sec. Wilkie: Stop Using VA to Promote Christianity
August 28, 2019

Center for Inquiry Director of Government Relations, Jason Lemieux, decried the remarks of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, who told the Washington Times that VA hospitals were being “bullied” when asked not to display Bibles and other Christian symbols. Mr. Lemieux is a combat veteran who served three tours in Iraq as an infantryman with …

Skeptical Inquirer: In The Trenches against Fake Medicine
August 27, 2019

The Health Wars in a Special Expanded Issue Medical pseudoscience is rampant, promoted not only by obvious snake oil salesmen and self-help gurus promising all manner of cures from “natural” and “alternative” remedies, but even by vaunted institutions of legitimate science such as the World Health Organization and the National Geographic Society. In a special …

Texas Court Rejects Secular Wedding Celebrants, Center for Inquiry Vows to Appeal
August 19, 2019

Under Texas law, having the wedding of your dreams is a benefit unfairly reserved for religious people, now a federal district court in Texas says that’s okay. On August 16, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, rejected a challenge to the privileged status granted religious organizations and individuals under Texas marriage …