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Good Landing Pads Make Good Neighbors
October 26, 2020

The chat between Richard Dawkins and Javed Akhtar on Saturday was really interesting, in ways even I didn’t expect. You can see the live-tweeting we did here. While of course largely in agreement with Dawkins, it was fascinating to get Akhtar’s perspective on some areas of either disagreement or at least nuanced difference. Oh, also, …

My Moments with Randi…
October 22, 2020

If you’re a follower of CFI or often on this site, chances are you know who James Randi was. To call him one of the fathers of modern skepticism is no exaggeration. Randi’s life was largely a public one, and information about it can be found from many sources. I thought the New York Times …

The Alleged Neutrality of Originalism: A Pernicious Myth
October 22, 2020

Unless something unforeseen occurs, sometime next week, the Republican majority in the Senate will confirm Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. With Barrett on the Court, we will have another self-described “originalist” resolving constitutional controversies. This is regrettable because originalism is a deeply flawed jurisprudential theory: it purports to respect the …

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News & Announcements

Check Your B.S. Detector with John Petrocelli on the next Skeptical Inquirer Presents, Nov. 5
October 26, 2020

John Petrocelli: Persuasive Bullshitters and the Insidious Bullshit Hypothesis Please pardon our language for a moment, but, what’s up with all the bullshit? (In the scholarly sense, of course.)  Thursday, November 5 at 7pm ET, on the next Skeptical Inquirer Presents live online event, psychology professor John Petrocelli will deliver the hard truth about bullshit and why …

Eddie Tabash on the Stakes for Secularism at the Supreme Court: Thursday on CFI Insider
October 22, 2020

Eddie Tabash: SCOTUS v. Separation of Church and State If Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, what will become of the wall of separation between church and state? Find out on Thursday, October 29 at 7pm ET, on the next CFI INSIDER live online event, as Eddie Tabash delivers the …

Sasha Sagan on Finding Meaning without Religion on the Next SKEPTICAL INQUIRER PRESENTS
October 1, 2020

Sasha Sagan: Rituals for Non-Believers We don’t need religion to give our lives meaning, so how do we find it? Thursday, October 8 at 7pm ET, on the next Skeptical Inquirer Presents live online event, Sasha Sagan will join host Leighann Lord to give us a little help on our quest for meaning in the cosmos. Inspired by the work …

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Press Releases

Statement on the Death of James Randi
October 21, 2020

We at the Center for Inquiry are heartbroken over the death of James Randi, who died on October 20 at the age of 92. Randi helped found the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), the organization that would one day become the Center for Inquiry, in 1976, alongside legends such as …

The Lie That Must Die: ‘Skeptical Inquirer’ Eradicates the Vaccine-Autism Myth
October 20, 2020

Misinformation and partisanship have clouded all public discussion of a potential vaccine against the coronavirus, but the roots of vaccine fears have their modern roots in the fraudulent claim that the MMR vaccine causes autism. In the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer, the dangerous and thoroughly-debunked vaccine-autism myth is put to rest, hopefully once and for …

Secular Day of the Dead Zoom Event to Honor Ancestors, No Religion Required
October 13, 2020

Nonreligious artists and activists will come together November 1 to honor the memories of loved ones and luminaries for a live online celebration of our one and only life, with no prayer or belief in an afterlife required. The Secular Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos Secular) will put a secular spin on traditions and …