Can Naturopathic Doctors Combat COVID-19?
March 31, 2020


Last week, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) announced that it urges government officials coordinating the national COVID-19 pandemic response to utilize all licensed healthcare professionals, including naturopathic doctors (NDs) “to support other medical professionals in changing the trajectory of this public health crisis.”  Yes, we’re facing shortages of health care workers to respond …

Let’s Make Things Worse
March 31, 2020


First thing: The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science is holding more online workshops (I hate saying “webinar”): Today at 8pm it’s “The Evolution of the Coronavirus” and April 2 it’s “The Evolution of the Human Brain.” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says coronavirus misinformation is the “common enemy” of all nations. ABC reports: To overcome the …

Dean Koontz Predicts Coronavirus in 1981, or Did He?
March 30, 2020


Dean Koontz in his book The Eyes of Darkness wrote about a virus called “Wuhan-400” (in the 1989 rewrite, the virus name was changed from its original Gorki-400) that was created as a biological weapon. Many are sharing this “prediction” through social media today, and there are some interesting parallels to these stories. Did Koontz …

Consign Them All to Eternal Destruction
March 27, 2020


Boris Johnson has the coronavirus. We are telling Michigan’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, that exempting churches from restrictions on social gatherings is simply not gonna fly: This pandemic is in the process of overwhelming every aspect of American life. The only hope we have of enduring this crisis is to slow the disease’s spread by staying …

Lydia Maria Child Sentiments
March 26, 2020


Hanging in my office at the Center for Inquiry is a pair of sentiments from Lydia Maria Child. Lydia Maria Child (February 11, 1802–October 20, 1880) is considered one of the most influential woman writers of the nineteenth century. You probably know one of her poems, yet very few remember her today. Child converted to …

Beat Back the Chaos
March 26, 2020


We are still helping! Yesterday we launched the CFI Coronavirus Resource Center: Inoculation Against Misinformation. It’s our effort to collect, curate, and communicate the most relevant and useful science and reality-based resources for information regarding the coronavirus pandemic, focusing on what we do best, separating facts and science from misinformation and pseudoscience. Go check it …

The Dumbest Debate
March 25, 2020


Benjamin Radford offers some guidance on dealing with coronavirus news and information; not just about telling the real from the fake stuff, but also the useful from the trivial. Just as importantly, he reminds us not only to be careful of what we believe, but what we share online, recommending some types of “social media …

Fear Itself: Covid-19, Media Literacy, and Social Media Distancing
March 25, 2020


This is the first in a series of original articles on the covid-19 pandemic by the Center for Inquiry as part of its Covid Resource Center, created to help the public address the crisis with evidence-based information. Please check back periodically for updates and new information.  There’s a natural—almost Pavlovian—tendency to follow the news closely, …

Sylvia Browne’s Bogus Coronavirus Prophecies
March 24, 2020


In recent weeks there’s been many rumors, myths, and misinformation about the current coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19. One of the most curious is the recent resurrection of a posthumous prediction by psychic Sylvia Browne. In her 2008 book End of Days, Browne predicted that “In around 2020 a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe, …

Can Machines Detect Lies?
March 24, 2020


Most everyone lies from time to time. In most cases, lies (deception) are no big deal. College students admit to lying twice a day on average, and others in the community admit to lying once a day on average (Lilienfeld et al. 2010). Knowing whether or not someone is lying is hard, but what if …