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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 …

Trudeau, Cherry, and Canadian Racism Polls
November 15, 2019 ·

The issue of racism in Canada was recently brought into sharp focus when, shortly before the Canadian election, photos and videos of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in blackface and brownface emerged. They had been taken on at least three occasions in the 1990s and early 2000s. Trudeau—widely praised for his socially progressive agendas—quickly apologized and …

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 …

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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

Educational Anarchy: CFI Blasts Ohio Bill Saying Students’ Religious Beliefs Trump Reality
Office of Public Policy
November 15, 2019

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) today responded with astonishment and anger to the passage through the Ohio House of Representatives of a law which will result in Ohio public schools having to accept the religious beliefs of students as of equal validity to factual answers in science classes.  This law is part of an escalating …

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 …