Maria Konnikova on Stories as a Force for Evil
October 28, 2016


I used to make my living as a stage actor, and I was lucky enough to do almost nothing but Shakespeare for about five years. To explain what I thought was so important about Shakespeare and theatre, I often cite a scene in Al Pacino’s documentary Looking for Richard, in which a panhandler on the …

Born Thinking Magically: James Alcock on Confusing Labels for Knowledge
October 28, 2016


If you’ve been around the secular community for any length of time, you’ve probably heard the cliché that goes, “we are all born atheist.” I bristle at it, because it’s not as though we come into the world affirmatively rejecting the supernatural beings hypothesis. It’s kind of like saying we’re born undecided voters. James Alcock …

George Hrab Masters the Ceremony at CSICon
October 28, 2016


Our master of ceremonies George Hrab is definitely kicking CSICon off in the right spirit. Yes, he’s got great songs that suit the theme perfectly, but he’s also engaging the attendees, seeing who has traveled the farthest both geographically and, sort of, ideologically. An attendee from Australia might be the farthest-traveled, but he also chatted …

Skeptics Come to a Fantasy World to “Survive the Present Moment”
October 28, 2016


In the promotional material for CSICon this year, we used a lot of allusions to Vegas as a “city of illusions,” a notable contrast to the aims of a conference like this: the dispelling of illusions, or at least harmful ones. And arriving here during the day, to a hotel like the Excalibur, yes, it’s about …

Come Back to CFI Live on October 27 for Coverage of CSICon Las Vegas!
October 25, 2016


I’ll be honest. I don’t know what to expect from CSICon this year. I mean, I know it will have amazing speakers giving fascinating presentations. I know it will be filled to the brim with attendees, great people all getting connected, making friends, getting enlightened, and enjoying each other’s company. And I know there will …