Contributions

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 …

Feel as Bad as Me
October 8, 2019 ·


The biggest news to me, as a fan of Cassini, Cosmos, and The Expanse books, is that researchers at the Carnegie Institution for Science have discovered twenty previously unknown moons around Saturn, making Saturn the mooniest planet in the Sol System. There’s a contest to name them, too. Judge Tammy Kemp, she who Bible’d it …

Occasionally Nihilistic in Tone
October 7, 2019 ·


Exciting news from the CFI Skeptimatic Universe: The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) has booked its 50th state! And it happens to be the nation’s 50th state, Hawaii. Emma Green at The Atlantic previews how the Supreme Court is poised to essentially blow up abortion rights this term: If the Supreme Court is, indeed, …

TIES GETS TO 50: Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science Celebrates its 50th State
October 4, 2019

Press Releases

On August 21, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state in the United States of America.  And on November 2, 2019, Hawaii will become the 50th state to host a workshop by TIES, the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science! Launched in 2015 by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, now part of the Center …

Apparently it’s From a Camel
October 4, 2019 ·


CFI’s Empress of Philanthropy, Martina Fern, is the guest on the latest Phil Ferguson Show (you gotta go about halfway through the episode to get to her part), where she talks up CSICon. We have an action alert in support of the Scientific Integrity Act, which would be a great bill to get passed given …

A Middle-of-the-Road Kind of Bloke
October 3, 2019 · 1 


On the latest episode of CFI’s podcast Point of Inquiry, Jim Underdown begins a two-parter on the prison system, talking to atheist activist, comedian, politician, former Marine, and former prison security guard Steve Hill. (Hell of a resumé!) In his Free Inquiry editorial, Tom Flynn hearkens back to when some secular humanists like CFI founder …

A Smorgasbord of Micro-Obsessions
October 2, 2019 ·


The Wall Street Journal has an op-ed by Richard Fernandez (a conservative blogger at PJ Media) on secular humanism. Let’s see how it starts: The 20th-century left tended to define progress in terms of material goods, and that was true of liberals and Communists alike. Well maybe it’s not worth reading past that first sentence. …

Unfortunate Regressions
October 1, 2019 ·


Oh boy, the Supreme Court gets back to business today. I wonder what holes they will blow in the wall between church and state this time. As The Joker is about to hit theaters, Benjamin Radford explores whether there is any merit to the increased security measures over fears of Aurora-like violence: Whether the credible …

Primordial Bowling Ball from Outer Space
September 30, 2019 · 1 


Mohadesa Najumi, a young Afghan immigrant in the UK, writes at The Independent about how atheism helped ground her: Once I realised at age 17 that I was an atheist, I began to understand my purpose a lot better. I no longer felt lost or at war with the nature of reality. … Atheism helps …

Camel Biting
September 26, 2019 ·


Reporting a few weeks after the fact (but hey, we’ll take it), UPI reports on CFI’s lawsuit in Texas to allow Secular Celebrants to solemnize marriages. The judge rejected our suit and we, naturally, are appealing the decision. Derek Thompson at The Atlantic takes a close look at the rise of the nones and says …