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September 18, 2020


At Skeptical Inquirer: Susan Gerbic—the woman who did such a great job exposing fake-psychic Thomas John that the New York Times covered it—reviews John’s new show. Benjamin Radford looks back on the exploratory work of naturalist George Cherrie and his reflections on “various bizarre topics including ghost beliefs and superstitions.” Hey, make sure you’re following …

Three Hours of Shoe Shopping
September 17, 2020


FiveThirtyEight looks at the lack of Democratic outreach to nonreligious voters. Political science professor David Campbell says, “Until parties and politicians start talking to secular voters as a bloc, voters won’t see themselves that way either.” Ronald F. Inglehart writes at Foreign Affairs about a huge global decline in religion since 2007. “As unexpected as …

The King of Wishful Thinking
September 16, 2020


Scientific American endorses a presidential candidate for the first time in its 175-year history. Notice you didn’t need me to tell you which one. “The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science.” Oh come on, SciAm, that’s harsh, isn’t it? Let’s …

Buckets of Disillusionment
September 15, 2020


Okay, there might be something alive on Venus. WHO SAW THAT COMING? Well, Carl Sagan did! The Times writes, “Many planetary scientists, including Carl Sagan and Harold Morowitz, who proposed the idea 53 years ago, have hypothesized life may exist there.” Well let’s have a look! Nature, September 16, 1967: While the surface conditions of …

Apocalypse Always
September 14, 2020


We have filed our appeal against the dismissal of our case against Walmart and their deceptive sale of homeopathic snake oil: “Walmart knows homeopathy doesn’t work,” said Little. “The confusion it causes consumers is intentional. The potential for harm is obvious. And we will be happy to make that very clear when this case finally …

We’re Not Backing Down from Walmart
September 11, 2020

News

The next step in our case against Walmart and homeopathy. Snake oil profiteering has emerged as a genuine crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, exemplifying what we at the Center for Inquiry have been saying for years: Pseudoscientific medicine is dangerous, and those who profit from it must be held accountable.  That’s why we launched our groundbreaking …

CFI to Court of Appeals: Protect Consumers from Walmart’s Fake Medicine Deception
September 11, 2020

Press Releases

The Center for Inquiry urged the D.C. Court of Appeals to reject Walmart’s attempt to sidestep a consumer-protection lawsuit over the mega-retailer’s deceptive sale and marketing of homeopathic medicine.  CFI, an organization that advocates for reason and science on behalf of consumers, sued Walmart in 2019 under the District’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act for selling homeopathic remedies …

The Absurd Logical Conclusion
September 11, 2020


The researchers who conducted the study showing discrimination against Muslims and atheists by school principals have an op-ed in the Post timed for the anniversary of 9/11: We found this discrimination against Muslims to be widespread and systematic across the United States, just as likely to occur in urban areas as in rural areas. The …

Walk Around in Circles
September 10, 2020


Tonight! New Skeptical Inquirer Presents! Seema Yasmin! Viral BS! 7pm ET! Exclamation points! Register for it! There’s a new episode of Point of Inquiry: Host Jim Underdown talks to Dr. Raymond Hall, the guy behind the popular Psysicsfun Instagram account, who says “physics is the real magic of the universe.” Skeptical Inquirer‘s Benjamin Radford will …

Exacerbating Outpartisans
September 9, 2020


A court in Pakistan has sentenced Asif Pervaiz to death for “blasphemous” text messages sent in 2013. We have a new Secular Rescue success story we can share with you: “Jana,” an ex-Muslim who we helped find safety fleeing oppression in Iraq. In the latest Skeptical Inquirer, Scott O. Lilienfeld and colleagues call for a …