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A Mistake and a Professional Embarrassment
May 24, 2019 ·

Remember when CFI West and its Independent Investigations Group was on National Geographic and did a whole thing where it debunked Flat-Earthers right before their eyes? Well they turned that event into a pilot episode for their own original video series for the Center for Inquiry Investigations Group. It’s great! Do you know how to …

A Look at Aladdin’s Genie—and Its Jinn Origins
May 24, 2019 ·

With the much-hyped release of the new version of Disney’s Aladdin, I thought it would be interesting to take a brief folkloric look at genies and jinn. Jinn (or djinn) refers to creatures that appeared in medieval Arabic folklore; they were usually depicted as threatening and free-willed—so dangerous in fact that rituals and amulets are …

Can Rationality Be Learned?
May 20, 2019 ·

Learning is conceptualized as a relatively permanent change in thinking or behavior. Innate (natural) skills are those you are born with; no experience is necessary to display these qualities. Innate skills vary tremendously among the animal kingdom, and much of human life is dependent on learning. High-level learners have an advantage in life. Learning is …

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News & Announcements

TAKE ACTION: Let’s End New York’s Religious Vaccine Exemption Before It’s Too Late
May 23, 2019

Dear Friend of CFI in New York: In February, we urged you to tell your representatives to support legislation (A02371 in the Assembly and S02994 in the Senate) repealing New York’s religious exemption from mandatory vaccinations. This bill still needs a push to get over the finish line. Last week, the bill was sent back …

TAKE ACTION: California Alert: Don’t Let Anti-Vax Bullies Win
May 14, 2019

Dear Friend of CFI in California, Anti-Vaxxers have descended upon Sacramento, determined to stop a bill, SB-276, that protects public health by curtailing fraudulent medical exemptions from vaccine requirements. But what the anti-vaxxers lack in facts and evidence, they more than make up for with intimidation and fear tactics. Your voice is badly needed. In …

Ingersoll 1876 Poster is Larger Than Life!
May 14, 2019

New in the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum for 2019 is an 1876 broadside poster excerpting an Ingersoll speech. Almost six feet tall, it’s one of just two known to survive. And it’s proof that “A Vision of War,” perhaps the best-loved single passage in the Ingersoll repertoire, was recognized as special within days or …

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Press Releases

Trump HHS/HUD Regulations Cast Trans Americans As “Lesser” Citizens
May 24, 2019

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) today condemned proposed rules from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would significantly roll back legal protections for transgender people. The latest regulations from the Trump/Pence administration are designed to strip civil rights from groups including women and …

WALMART SUED FOR FRAUD: Nation’s Largest Retailer Deceives and Endangers Consumers with Homeopathic Fake Medicine
May 20, 2019

Walmart is committing wide-scale consumer fraud and endangering the health of its customers though its sale and marketing of homeopathic medicines, the Center for Inquiry alleges in a lawsuit filed in the District of Columbia on May 20. CFI, an organization advancing reason and science, says the mega-retailer is deceiving consumers by making no meaningful …

Equality Act Passage Heralded as Long Overdue Pushback against Religious License to Discriminate
May 17, 2019

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) wholeheartedly applauded the passage of the Equality Act (H.R. 5) today in the House of Representatives by a vote of 236–172, heralding the measure as a necessary and long overdue bulwark against discrimination. Introduced in the House by David Cicilline, the Equality Act amends the Civil Rights Act to prohibit …