Flaws, Courage, and Conviction at CSICon
October 19, 2019 ·


If nothing else, to be a skeptic is to be willing to accept the universe as it is. That’s not the same as being apathetic or content with the status quo, but it does mean that we have to start with the facts as they are, not as we would have them be. So if …

Don’t Blame Yourself: Exposing Deflection and Shame at CSICon
October 18, 2019 ·


Did you know that it’s all your fault? For women, if they’re not living their best life, it’s because they’re buying unwholesome, unnatural products. Also, any hardships their children face are because they didn’t breastfeed them enough. Oh, and climate change? That’s also your fault because you took a plane to get to CSICon. On …

Kickstarting the Inquiry at CSICon
October 18, 2019 ·


I have to admit, it’s hard to feel any sense of joy about being a skeptic when you think about the fact that fake news and misinformation pervade the media and drive our national discourse, and that fake medicine and fake doctors are being legitimized by the government at every level.  No one knows fake …

Who is Doing the Pointing? CSICon Watches the Watchers
October 18, 2019 ·


Who watches the watchers? The morning session for CSICon 2019 featured three speakers who all, in their own ways, asked us to consider where the information we take in is actually coming from and what it is we’re doing with that information once we’ve got it. The implications are incredibly significant.  Behavioral scientist Gordon Pennycook …

CSICon 2019 versus the Fantasy-Industrial Complex
October 18, 2019 ·


In Post-Truth America, at a time when “modern secular government is in greater jeopardy than ever before,” as CFI board chair Eddie Tabash put it at the CSICon 2019 opening reception, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The kickoff of this year’s CSICon was a kind of diagnosis of …

The Substance of CSICon
October 17, 2019 ·


The opening reception of CSICon takes place tonight, Thursday night, but despite it being the “official opening” of the conference, much of the substance of CSICon will have already been well underway. Naturally, most of the splashy attention surrounding CSICon focuses on the big presentations and events in huge ballrooms, but for the folks who …

Black Death’s Hometown
October 15, 2019 ·


The great trek to Vegas for CSICon starts tomorrow, so the publication of the Heresy for the rest of the week is, shall we say, in question. We’ll see how the week goes. Yesterday, I knew only of the press release announcing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech, “Being a Christian Leader.” Today, we see …

They’ll Be Blowing
October 14, 2019 ·


I was sick on Friday, so of course that’s when a slew of church-state news has to pile up. For example, the Attorney General of the United States, William Barr, went to the University of Notre Dame and said this: The campaign to destroy the traditional moral order has coincided and I believe has brought …

What Gorsuch Giveth…
October 10, 2019 ·


…Gorsuch will almost certainly taketh away. This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a series of cases all focused on one particular issue – does Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit employment discrimination against the LGBT community? Like many cases that come before the Supreme Court bench, there’s …

The Hook Sinks Deeper
October 10, 2019 ·


Trump is apparently obssessed with administering polygraph tests to White House staffers in order to root out those who would dare betray him to the Deep State. Like many things this president obsesses over, polygraphs are junk science. Why are Republicans, who are happy to let Trump do and say whatever he wants, no matter …