Macho!!!
April 3, 2020


We’re keeping track of COVID-19 pseudoscience, snake oil, fake cures, and more at CFI’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Separate fact from fiction and inoculate yourself from misinformation at centerforinquiry.org/coronavirus. Victory by attrition? CFI sued in Michigan to allow Secular Celebrants to solemnize marriages in the state. The previous state administration fought us, but then they got …

Keeping Churches Open Will Damn Us All
April 2, 2020


The American obsession with giving privilege to religion is rearing its head in these times of global pandemics and mandatory social distancing. As more and more states (39 at the current count) have implemented stay-at-home orders, a dangerous number of them have excluded houses of worship and religious services from their restrictions. Let one thing …

They Can Be Dunked in Raw Sewage
April 2, 2020


First things first: The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster officially declares personal protective equipment such as N95 face masks to be “acceptable alternative religious garb.” Praised be: Some dispute whether the mask should go under or over the eye-patch. I would think under, but I am not a doctor nor do I wear an …

We Should All Be Embarrassed
April 1, 2020


Let’s start with something nice. Rob Palmer at Skeptical Inquirer gets to talk to the great Ann Druyan about the latest Cosmos series: Palmer: I loved it when, during the first episode I think, Tyson said “Our ship of the imagination is propelled by twin engines of skepticism and wonder.” Druyan: I’m very proud of …

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 …