Contributions

Canadian Info Ninjas
August 5, 2020


Help us out here. New Jersey’s legislature is considering another one of those let’s-make-naturopaths-like-real-doctors bills, and we need to stop it. If you live in New Jersey, hop over to our action alert and make some noise. Share the alert with your tough-as-nails New Jersey friends if you don’t live there. Yes, I’m from New …

Warp Speed Bucket
August 4, 2020


Here’s an example of what’s great about skepticism and the science-based mindset: The ability to admit when we’re wrong and then even explain how we were wrong. Steven Salzberg at Forbes recants his piece from just a few days ago in which he urged rushing trial vaccines: I was wrong. After reading many of the …

An Unstable Foundation
August 3, 2020


Even the authors of this study suggest you take it with a grain of salt, but nonetheless: research in Social Psychological and Personality Science shows conservative political ideology correlated to an inability to distinguish real from fake headlines about COVID-19. “Our responses to the threat are strikingly different depending on our political beliefs.” As Joe …

Yes, I’m a Demon Buster.
July 31, 2020


As expected, the first Skeptical Inquirer Presents webinar was excellent, and in the best tradition of Skeptical Inquirer and skepticism broadly, Joseph Uscinski’s talk on conspiracy theories was not only informative, but challenged assumptions that even we know-it-all skeptics might hold. Video will be posted later today so you can check it out. Next up …

Holding Their Noses
July 30, 2020


Video of the first-ever CFI Insider webinar event, our interview with Leighann Lord, is now available to watch anytime, so you should really go watch it. Then you should sign up for the next CFI Insider. Then you should sign up for tomorrow’s first-ever Skeptical Inquirer Presents. It’s a lot, but that’s because we just …

Do Unto Someone Else, Thanks.
July 29, 2020


Last night we had our first live CFI Insider webinar event, where Melissa Myers did a fantastic job interviewing Point of Inquiry and Skeptical Inquirer Presents host Leighann Lord. The video will be posted soon! I don’t know how I missed this for yesterday’s Heresy, but maybe I was being attacked by government reptilians. Donald …

Bamboozling Tsunami
July 28, 2020


Today! Leighann Lord is the guest on the very first CFI Insider webinar-Zoom-streaming-online talk thing! TODAY. 7pm ET. Register now and be there. Sinclair Broadcasting has decided to nix the Judy Mikovitz/Plandemic interview it was going to air on a bazillion local TV affiliates. The Oregonian mentions the fact after initially being willing to answer …

Keeping the Reality-Based Community Connected: Introducing CFI INSIDER
July 27, 2020

News

The COVID-19 pandemic has kept all sorts of communities from being able to come together, and our community is no exception. The Center for Inquiry is fueled by the passion and talents of its vibrant community of humanists, skeptics, and freethinkers across the country and around the world. Whether they are active with our many …

Alien Salvation
July 27, 2020


Tomorrow, we kick off our new online discussion series CFI Insider, with special guest Leighann Lord, and then on Thursday we start the Leighann-hosted Skeptical Inquirer Presents! We are so busy. CFI West and CFIIG director Jim Underdown was the guest on The Sharin’ Hour podcast talking about the $250,000 paranormal challenge. Jim also has …

Absurdly Lopsided
July 22, 2020


Jamie Hale, at his “Rationality of Science” column for CFI, counts all your neurons. Actually, he looks at how a strong sense of skepticism by one scientist changed so much about what is known about the workings of the brain. Stuart Vyse at Skeptical Inquirer looks at the efforts of skeptics in Brazil (specifically Instituto …