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Spending Time Being Hyper-Defensive
March 26, 2019 ·


At FiveThirtyEight, Maggie Koerth-Baker has some bad news about conspiracy theories: They have been and likely always will be with us, and at least one guy says we shouldn’t want them to go away completely: “I don’t think so,” [University of Winchester psychology professor Michael] Wood said. “I’m sure some people would disagree with me …

Nocebo: Placebo’s Evil Twin
March 22, 2019 ·


Nocebo is sometimes referred to as “placebo’s evil twin,” “negative placebo effects,” or “the other side of placebo.”  Nocebo effects are negative effects that are induced by nocebos: fake, non-specific treatments, procedures, therapies, or medications. Studies suggest that nocebo effects can contribute to a variety of medical symptoms, including adverse events in clinical trials and …

Do 60% of People Misgender Trans People to Insult Them?
March 21, 2019 ·


Recent news reports claimed that most people intentionally disrespect transgendered individuals by calling them by something other than their preferred gender pronoun. For example one piece began: “Three in five people internationally report that they would intentionally misgender a transgender person, according to a recent survey. Ipsos found that only two out of five people …

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TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Stop Religious Discrimination!
March 25, 2019

Dear friend of CFI, Will you take a moment to help us stop religious discrimination? In recent years, the religious right has hijacked federal law to impose their narrow religious worldview on the public, on the courts, and on all of American society. They justify all manner of discrimination—against women, LGBTQ Americans, and unmarried Americans, …

Statement on the Mosque Shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand
March 15, 2019

We are one species, one global human civilization, and we rise or fall together. We choose reason over rage and empathy over bigotry. We choose critical thinking and compassionate hearts. The people of the Center for Inquiry, all around the world, stand in defiance and condemnation of the violence and hatred that took the lives …

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Support the Scientific Integrity Act!
March 14, 2019

Dear Friend of CFI, Scientists at federal agencies are witnessing unprecedented political interference in the scientific process and a torrent of rhetoric impugning their work. In response, Representatives Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) have introduced the Scientific Integrity Act (H.R. 1709 and S. 775, respectively), to protect scientists and their work …

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Abuse of Deaf Students by Nuns Recounted in ‘Free Inquiry’
March 18, 2019

Several decades of crimes against children under the auspices of the Catholic Church have finally begun to come to light. In the latest issue of Free Inquiry magazine, we are reminded that some of those crimes reach depths of depravity that confounds our already shocked consciences, with accounts of nuns as well as priests committing …

Trump Budget Backs Discriminatory Religious Adoption Providers at Children’s Expense
March 12, 2019

A provision of President Trump’s budget proposal that would permit government-funded adoption and foster care providers to discriminate based on religion is a cruel pander to the religious right, said the Center for Inquiry, denouncing the provision for placing religious beliefs over the needs of vulnerable children. A line item in the budget for the Department …

Trump Budget Starves Science and Education at Worst Possible Time
March 11, 2019

Billions of dollars in federal cuts to science and public education would significantly hinder America’s capacity for dealing with 21st-century challenges, said the Center for Inquiry in response to in the Trump administration’s 2020 budget request. CFI also warned that the proposed cuts would thwart the progress of scientific breakthroughs that improve and enrich the …