Contributions

Evolution Only Breaks Things:
September 25, 2020

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The pseudoscientific movement known as Intelligent Design (ID) does not offer a consistent or cohesive theory of life. Instead, it is a loose collection of criticisms of the supposed shortcomings of modern evolutionary theory. One such criticism is that the natural forces of evolution can serve only to weaken, damage, or destroy molecular functioning, thereby …

Viral BS: Medical Myths and Why We Fall For Them – Seema Yasmin
September 11, 2020

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Can your zip code predict when you will die? Will testosterone supplements boost your libido? Should you space out childhood vaccines? Does talcum powder cause cancer? Why do some doctors recommend e-cigarettes while other doctors recommend you stay away from them? Health information―and misinformation―is all around us, and it can be hard to separate the …

The Role of Cognitive Dissonance in the Pandemic – Carol Tavris
August 28, 2020

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Because of the intense polarization in our country, a great many Americans now see the life-and-death decisions they must make in living in the time of the pandemic as political choices rather than medical ones. This dynamic is playing out among the many people who refuse to wear masks or practice social distancing. While the …

Developing a SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine: Is Warp Speed Too Fast? – Paul Offit
August 14, 2020

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Paul Offit discussed the path to developing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine with an understanding that most research and development programs for vaccines take about 15-20 years on the latest Skeptical Inquirer Presents. The expectation, however, is that this vaccine will be developed in 12-18 months. Given that this would undoubtedly mean that steps along the path …

Conspiracy Theories and COVID-19 – Joseph Uscinski
July 31, 2020

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Using a wealth of recent survey data, Professor Joseph Uscinski demonstrates just how popular conspiracy theories about COVID-19 are, and why they are so dangerous to our health. Uscinski then looks at another set of dangers facing us today: those associated with misunderstanding the causes of conspiracy theories. Smashing down some of the most common …

Conversation with a “Very Funny Lady” – Leighann Lord
July 29, 2020

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The first ever CFI Insider event! Register here for more upcoming CFI Insider free webinars! Leighann Lord, the always funny host of Center for Inquiry’s Point of Inquiry podcast and the upcoming web series Skeptical Inquirer Presents, sat down with CFI’s outreach department to talk about her comedy, activism, and trajectory in the freethought movement. …