Contributions

Do I Have to Pay Attention to That?
July 12, 2019 ·


Now it can be told: Ricky Gervais is the 2019 recipient of the Richard Dawkins Award, which he’ll accept at an event with Dawkins in London on September 3. The two will then have a live, unscripted chat moderated by Richard Wiseman. CFI members at the Planet level and above can get 10 percent off …

Shaking the Heavenlies
July 11, 2019 ·


It’s like a skeptic-superhero crossover event, a team-up to stop pseudoscience from destroying the multiverse…or, at least to stop people from being ripped off in this universe. CFI’s legal efforts against Walmart and CVS over their sale and marketing of homeopathic fake medicine are getting a big boost in resources and brainpower from the Stiefel …

Lawsuit Targeting Walmart and CVS over Fake Medicine Gets $250,000 Boost from Stiefel Freethought Foundation
July 10, 2019

Press Releases

Advocates waging a legal battle to expose the fraud of homeopathic fake medicine are welcoming the support of a formidable ally. The Stiefel Freethought Foundation is adding $150,000 to the $100,000 already committed to help underwrite the consumer fraud cases against megaretailers Walmart and CVS. Activist and philanthropist Todd Stiefel, a former executive of Stiefel …

I Left My Heart in South Dakota
July 10, 2019 ·


Former CFI president and CEO Ron Lindsay returns to the blog to weigh in on Mike Pompeo’s newly announced commission that will look at human rights through the lens of “natural law”: This is entirely the wrong approach. Before the commission has even met, it has prejudged the basis on which we can argue for …

Science Advocates Can Take Lessons from Disney: Skeptical Inquirer on Marketing and Persuasion
July 9, 2019

Press Releases

As our society confronts challenges and threats such as climate change, the anti-vaccination movement, and the deluge of false claims from the peddlers of pseudoscience and snake oil, it’s more important than ever that the public become more aware and accepting of science. Yet science advocates and skeptics are constantly met with resistance. How can …

CFI’s UN Advocate Takes on Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Record
July 9, 2019

News

Last week, Andreas Kyriacou, United Nations Advocate for the Center for Inquiry, delivered a statement before the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, where he raised the issue of how Saudi Arabia’s membership on the Human Rights Council is “undermining the core purpose of this council,” specifically citing the circumstances surrounding …

Everyone Else is Expendable
July 9, 2019 ·


The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research puts out poll numbers showing that 49 percent of Americans never consult clergy or religious leaders for advice on major decisions, 26 percent “rarely” do, and only 24 percent do so “often” or “sometimes.” Obviously, the unaffiliated do so the least (84 percent “never,” …

An Ethical and Moral Wreck
July 8, 2019 ·


Susan Jacoby writes in the New York Times to take down the myth that politics has become our “new religion,” filling the vacuum left by rampant secularism: … the concept of secularism as a breeding ground for aggrieved politics is a delusion, rooted in contempt for the beliefs of nonreligious Americans and ignorance of or …

I Have Never Felt the Earth Move
July 3, 2019 ·


There’s a scholarship to go to CSICon! How cool is that? If you’re a student over 21, check out this great opportunity from the Wadsworth-Sheng Endowment. Daniela Hernandez and Robert McMillan at the Wall Street Journal report on the flood of false health information, particularly about cancer, that exists on Facebook and YouTube, which prompts …

Goat Simulator Prescription
July 2, 2019 ·


Hey, first, we redid the CFI online store. It looks way, way better, and just look at all the smart stuff you can get. Go nuts. Benjamin Radford concludes his three-part series for the CFI blog on mass shootings, focusing on the importance of media literacy: One of the most influential—yet least-discussed—commonalities among public mass …