The World’s Saddest Baby Mobile
December 11, 2019 ·


Greta Thunberg is Time‘s Person of the Year. For me, personally, she’s World President. Stuart Vyse at Skeptical Inquirer wrestles with the whole atheists-are-smarter-but-believers-are-happier thing, and concludes that either way you look at it, you have a “mixed blessing”: … according to the evidence, atheism appears to be a choice to be sadder but wiser, …

Why All the Whoop-de-doo?
December 10, 2019 ·


Two articles of impeachment. Pfft, that’s nothing. The Morning Heresy has LOTS more articles than that, like, every damn day! [Puts hand to ear.] I’m being told that this is a different use of the word “articles.” I’ll have to get back to you. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has released a report …

Polio Fanciers and Plague Enthusiasts
December 9, 2019 ·


The New York Times profiles Rose Mackenberg, early-twentieth-century skeptical paranormal investigator and Houdini collaborator: Mackenberg investigated more than 300 psychics and seers in the two years she worked for Houdini and many more after that. In a career that lasted decades and led her to testify before Congress, she proved to be quick-witted, adept with …

Yes Virginia, We Still Have A Library …
December 9, 2019 ·


One program of the Center for Inquiry (CFI) you may or may not be aware of is the Center for Inquiry Libraries (http://www.cfilibraries.org/). While being around (formally) since 1995 and having world-class collections in skepticism, humanism, freethought, atheism, the occult, and the paranormal, the Libraries are more of a “behind the scenes” program at CFI. …

The Feckless Ficus
December 6, 2019 ·


In the New York Times Magazine, former Alex Jones/Infowars employee Josh Owens tells of his experience in the Crazypants Machine: Suddenly, I was no longer a bored kid attending an overpriced art school. I was Fox Mulder combing through the X-Files, Rod Serling opening a door to the Twilight Zone, even Rosemary Woodhouse convinced that …

Sketchy Website Dot Org
December 5, 2019 ·


In Free Inquiry magazine, our boss Robyn Blumner warns of the backward course on church-state separation being plotted by the conservatives on the Supreme Court, focusing on the Bladensburg cross case: Kavanaugh … offered his own version of either naïveté or disingenuousness by suggesting there are other ways to remove religious monuments beyond asking the …

‘Epstein’s Enablers’: Debunking a Bogus Social Media Post
December 4, 2019 ·


A recent Facebook post by a friend-of-a-friend named Gary about Jeffrey Epstein featured a black and white montage of a dozen people he identified as “Some of his friends and enablers.” The photos weren’t captioned, and it wasn’t clear who all of them were, so it piqued my curiosity. With a little research I tracked …

An Absurd Way to Correct Inaccuracies
December 4, 2019 · 1 


We’re being ever-so-amicable once again as we take part in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court on a deja vu kind of case, June Medical Services LLC v. Gee, which looks a lot like the already-correctly-decided Whole Woman’s Health case from Texas. Our statement: “Having lost just a few years ago at the Supreme …

Succumb to an Onslaught of Marketing and Branding
December 3, 2019 ·


It’s Giving Tuesday, which means do-gooder nonprofits are besieging your social media with pleas for your money. WELL SO ARE WE and we have a pretty compelling ask, if I do say so myself: No one else is fighting fake medicine like homeopathy like we are, so why not take this opportunity to join the …

A Train Wreck in a Coal Mine
December 2, 2019 ·


On a brand new Point of Inquiry, Jim Underdown talks to skeptic psychologist Chris French about the skeptic movement and its relatively new focus on conspiracy theories. SETI’s Big Picture Science podcast does a “skeptic check” with guests including Skeptical Inquirer columnist Robert Palmer and ex-naturopath Britt Marie Hermes. Scott Gavura at Science-Based Medicine parses …