May Her Memory Be a Blessing: On the Loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
September 21, 2020


We lost a friend Friday night. And, as a movement, we in the secular, pro-science, reality-based community don’t have a lot of friends in positions of power. Certainly not friends like Justice Ginsburg. For issues at the core of our mission here at the Center for Inquiry, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was more than a …

George Cherrie and the Venezuelan Dancing Devil
September 17, 2020

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One of the most celebrated American naturalist/explorers was George K. Cherrie (1865–1948), who in his 1930 book Dark Trails: Adventures of a Naturalist (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) wrote about his adventures, primarily in Central and South America. Cherrie engaged in many expeditions, perhaps most famously accompanying Theodore Roosevelt on his nearly-disastrous 1913–1914 jungle descent of Brazil’s …

Leaving Oppression: A Secular Rescue Story
September 8, 2020


Matthew Cravatta is coordinator of Secular Rescue, a program of the Center for Inquiry that identifies those writers, activists, and everyday citizens in countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Iraq who live under the threat of violence and death and provides financial and diplomatic assistance to help them escape to safety. Jana (an alias) is …

Trump Puts the Squeeze on Science at the FDA
September 1, 2020


Those of us intrepid enough to still follow the news probably already know that a recent reversal by the FDA in the face of pressure from Donald Trump has experts alarmed that the agency’s reliability and political independence is in jeopardy. I don’t have to tell you how bad that is, but I will anyway: …

CFI Kenya: Altruism Even at a Time of Economic Hardship during COVID-19
July 2, 2020


COVID-19 has changed the world completely. When China reported the first cases of the disease in the Wuhan province in early December 2019, many people did not know the virus would become a global pandemic and change the world entirely. With many people infected, a significant number of people dead, and new infections emerging daily, …

Seriously: Can He Do That?
June 2, 2020


That’s a question I’ve been asked a lot over the past three and a half years, and never more often than the last 12 hours or so. And it’s an understandable question—we’re a constitutional republic. There are rules and they are written down. All we need to do is check the rules and see if …

Why Can’t We Have Nice Things? Because of You, That’s Why.
April 29, 2020


I should start by saying I don’t necessarily mean you, the reader. I hope, and the fact you are reading CFI stuff indicates this is likely, you don’t fall into this category. But we all know some, and probably way too many of them. There’s your uncle or cousin who causes embarrassment every year at …

It’s the math, stupid.
April 13, 2020


The real pandemic starts the day lockdown ends.  The coronavirus is a crisis of math. The coronavirus is an easy problem to solve…if we understood exponentials. Unfortunately, the human mind is incapable of grasping exponentials. We cannot intuitively perceive how a small number can grow so large in such a small amount of time. An …

Keeping Churches Open Will Damn Us All
April 2, 2020


The American obsession with giving privilege to religion is rearing its head in these times of global pandemics and mandatory social distancing. As more and more states (39 at the current count) have implemented stay-at-home orders, a dangerous number of them have excluded houses of worship and religious services from their restrictions. Let one thing …

Can Naturopathic Doctors Combat COVID-19?
March 31, 2020


Last week, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) announced that it urges government officials coordinating the national COVID-19 pandemic response to utilize all licensed healthcare professionals, including naturopathic doctors (NDs) “to support other medical professionals in changing the trajectory of this public health crisis.”  Yes, we’re facing shortages of health care workers to respond …