Contributions

The Pants Clause
June 19, 2020


Preach, Dr. Fauci: One of the problems we face in the United States is that unfortunately, there is a combination of an anti-science bias that people are — for reasons that sometimes are, you know, inconceivable and not understandable — they just don’t believe science and they don’t believe authority. So when they see someone …

Shaky in the Boots
June 18, 2020


I don’t know how much stock one should put into the claims of John Bolton, but according to his new book on his time inside the White House, President Trump encouraged China’s President Xi Jinping to keep building concentration camps to detain Uighur Muslims: “According to our interpreter, Trump said that Xi should go ahead …

A New Urgency for ‘Cosmos’: Ann Druyan’s Possible Worlds in ‘Skeptical Inquirer’
June 17, 2020

Press Releases

The third season of the landmark television series Cosmos is set to debut this fall, an ode to “the twin engines of skepticism and wonder” that comes not a moment too soon. The soul of Cosmos: Possible Worlds is cocreator, writer, and director Ann Druyan, who brings her wisdom and insight to the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer. “I was …

Tent Revival Lunacy
June 17, 2020


The great John de Lancie, the only Q on the internet you should ever listen to, made a fantastic commencement address video for the secular graduates of 2020, and we’ve got it right here. Originally presented for the Secular Student Alliance’s Virtual Graduation Ceremony, I think it’s desperately-needed wisdom for everyone, not just graduates. And …

John de Lancie to Secular Graduates: VOTE! The World Needs You to Shape the Future
June 16, 2020

News

“Being secular is not a lapel pin. It’s a mission.” The class of 2020 is about to take its place in a turbulent world at a turning point of history, when the values of reason, science, and compassion are needed more than ever. For those graduating students who are secular—atheists, agnostics, humanists, and Nones—these trying …

Special Sweetness
June 16, 2020


Neil Gorsuch, you magnificent bastard. The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that that LGBTQ Americans are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. John Roberts joined the 6-3 majority, but the opinion was written by Neil “The Reason Allegedly Principled Conservatives Tolerated Trump” Gorsuch: We must decide whether an employer can …

Walmart Homeopathy Fraud Lawsuit: Center for Inquiry to Appeal Judge’s Inexplicable Dismissal
June 15, 2020

Press Releases

The Center for Inquiry vowed to continue its efforts to end the deceptive marketing of homeopathic fake medicine, announcing that it will appeal the dismissal of its consumer protection lawsuit against Walmart.  On May 20, 2019, the Center for Inquiry (CFI), an organization dedicated to advancing reason and science, filed a lawsuit in the District of …

Broken Down Consumer Products
June 15, 2020


At India’s Outlook, Fahad Zuberi reflects on the meaning of Javed Akhtar winning the Richard Dawkins Award: Contemporary politics threatens secularism today more than ever. In this challenging context, Akhtar has carved a space for rationalism and atheism that beckons to a wider audience and permeates into the public imagination of a country that has …

That Sounds Like an Infomercial
June 12, 2020


Justine Calma at The Verge reports on the #BlackintheIvory campaign about the black experience in academia and the sciences: Thousands of tweets detailing what it’s like to be black in the ivory towers of universities and research institutions point to deep-seated problems. Tweet after tweet describes similar, horrifying experiences from individuals spread across the world. …

Don’t Call It a Comeback
June 11, 2020


Yesterday the Center for Inquiry put out an official statement on the murder of George Floyd, racism, and police violence. In part: The Center for Inquiry categorically opposes abusive policing and racism, supports the position that black lives matter, and finds that ongoing attempts to dehumanize African Americans demonstrates that society is still mired in …