Dismissed as a Source of Reliable Knowledge
April 25, 2019 ·

The U.S. Navy is formalizing the process through which pilots can report sightings of UFOs. Deanna Paul at The Washington Post reports: “Since 2014, these intrusions have been happening on a regular basis,” Joseph Gradisher, spokesman for office of the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, told The Washington Post on Wednesday. Recently, …

Interrupting Chicken
April 24, 2019 · 1 

Mick Mulvaney, the president’s chief of staff (though these things are so fleeting), told the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast: The president has allowed us, Christians of all denominations, folks from all different faiths … to be very vocal about their faith, and to practice their faith, and to take their faith and work it into …

The Education Myth About Learning Styles
April 24, 2019 ·

When teaching is tailored to a person’s preferred learning style, they will learn better than when it is not. At least that is the thought promoted by many educators, students, and parents. I have spoken with numerous educators (high school and college) who assert that one of the biggest problems in education is the mismatch …

Embarrassing Uncle
April 23, 2019 ·

How about a virtual fist-bump for CFI’s Jason Lemieux, having just fulfilled the promise of meeting with every newly elected Member of the 116th Congress within its first 100 days. The U.S. Court of Appeals says Philadelphia didn’t violate anyone’s religious freedom when the city cut ties with a Catholic foster care service provider because …

Ceaselessly Devour, Transfigure, and Replenish
April 22, 2019 ·

At least 290 people are killed and hundreds more injured in bombing attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Officials are pinning the blame on an Islamist group you probably never heard of, the National Thowheeth Jama’ath. Delivering a gut punch to atheist equality and the separation of church and state, …

Columbine School Shooting Myths: 20 Years Later
April 22, 2019 ·

A few days ago marked the twentieth anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, in which two senior students in Colorado killed twelve students and one teacher before ultimately killing themselves. The crime received extensive news coverage and inspired many copycats and a Michael Moore film, Bowling for Columbine. Early reportage of high-profile events (and …

Good Friday for Atheists
April 19, 2019 ·

Just because I don’t share religious beliefs with someone doesn’t mean I think that they should be harmed in any way. Quite to the contrary. If you feel the need to kill people because of a difference of opinion, you’ve lost the argument. Validity of beliefs should rest on the merits of the arguments, not the size of the spear.

I Don’t Want No Scrubs
April 19, 2019 ·

Heck yes, it’s a new Point of Inquiry episode! Kavin Senapathy’s got both Massimo Pigliucci and Susan Blackmore. That’s a heck of a lineup for one show. Check out Skeptical Inquirer‘s own Kenny Biddle as he talks about the ghost-hunting “industry” with WGBH radio‘s The Curiosity Desk. In 1999, when we were livin’ la vida …

Something Wiccan This Way Comes
April 19, 2019 ·

“The New Age? It’s just the old age stuck in a microwave oven for fifteen seconds.” – James Randi I was struck the other day seeing yet another sign on the street for Tarot readings and various psychic services. Folk belief is a hard thing to displace, but I still have to shake my head that …

Magical Thinking and Conspiracy in Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’
April 17, 2019 ·

The new horror film Us begins in 1986 as a little girl named Adelaide visits a Santa Cruz boardwalk theme park at night with her parents. She wanders off toward the beach (carrying a curiously un-nibbled candied apple) and eventually finds a spooky house of mirrors. Nobody’s around—a teenager presumably supposed to charge admission is …