The Origin of Myths | Where Do Misconceptions and False Beliefs Come From
September 25, 2020


Myths in the context of this article are conceptualized as misinformation, misconceptions, false beliefs, or erroneous claims. Myths can be found in virtually every field. Sometimes myths can be relatively harmless, while other times they lead to bad decisions and negative consequences. Myths contribute to epistemic irrationality: holding beliefs that are not supported by evidence …

We Do Some Nudity, We Do Some Blasphemy
September 25, 2020


Our crack web team already has last night’s Skeptical Inquirer Presents posted online! So if you missed the live event with Nathan Lents, as he disemboweled the claims of Intelligent Design, no worries. You may now enjoy it at your convenience. Behold, as the anti-vaxxer machinations of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Children’s Health Defense …

Covert Anti-Vaccination in ‘Children’s Health Defense’
September 24, 2020


This is the ninth in a series of original articles on the COVID-19 pandemic by the Center for Inquiry as part of its Coronavirus Resource Center, created to help the public address the crisis with evidence-based information. Please check back periodically for updates and new information.  News and social media are awash with information about …

All the Properties of a Parasitic Virus
September 24, 2020


TONIGHT we got Nathan Lents, he of Human Errors fame, on the latest Skeptical Inquirer Presents! Register free right here. And look! The latest Point of Inquiry podcast has Rev. Barry Lynn, former head of Americans United for Separation of Church and State! That’s what you call a good get. Yesterday, CFI’s Nick Little was …

Virtual Nobodies
September 23, 2020


Hey, what are you up to Tuesday night? Yeah, I know, the first presidential debate. Whatever. Before you put yourself through that trauma, though, howsabout you tune in for something hopeful and enlightening? September 29 at 7pm ET, the next CFI Insider live online event brings us the great Bertha Vazquez, director of our TIES …

Religious Liberty Rock Opera
September 22, 2020


CFI’s legal director Nick Little expressed better than any of us could just what Justice Ginsburg meant to our secular-skeptic-reality-based movement. “When the majority of the Supreme Court lurched to the right, permitting religious exemptions that would harm innocent parties, the Notorious RBG held firm in her belief that justice demands that a person’s faith …

How To Think About The Apocalypse, Now
September 21, 2020


Classically, the word Apocalypse refers to the end times described in the book of Revelation in the bible. We can safely ignore this because Revelation is batshit crazy – even by biblical standards. The insanity that goes down in Revelation makes Noah’s Flood seem like a county fair. Even most Christians have to read Revelation and say, “God wouldn’t do that.” (Wouldn’t he?)

May Her Memory Be a Blessing: On the Loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
September 21, 2020


We lost a friend Friday night. And, as a movement, we in the secular, pro-science, reality-based community don’t have a lot of friends in positions of power. Certainly not friends like Justice Ginsburg. For issues at the core of our mission here at the Center for Inquiry, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was more than a …

Trouble, Trebled
September 21, 2020


You already know. Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday night. We’ll have more to say later today, but it’s a punch to the gut. No, it’s a battering ram to the gut. Let’s meet the person who seems to be at the top of the list to replace Ginsburg, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. RNS says …

Human Rights Subscription Bundle
September 18, 2020


At Skeptical Inquirer: Susan Gerbic—the woman who did such a great job exposing fake-psychic Thomas John that the New York Times covered it—reviews John’s new show. Benjamin Radford looks back on the exploratory work of naturalist George Cherrie and his reflections on “various bizarre topics including ghost beliefs and superstitions.” Hey, make sure you’re following …