The Problem with The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
August 2, 2019 ·


In the course of doing background research for my last article covering alternative beliefs, it was puzzling, to say the least, to find out that there is a federal agency in the United States dedicated to alternative medicine. Perhaps more remarkably, it falls under the umbrella of the National Institutes of Health and receives in …

Homeopathy in the House
July 19, 2019


Homeopathy isn’t discussed much in the halls of Congress. So when last month, a pro-homeopathy amendment was considered on the House floor, I thought it would be a good opportunity to peek at the man behind the congressional curtain. Our longtime supporters will recall that, in 2015, former CFI Director of Government Affairs Michael DeDora …

A Judicial Giant Has Died
July 17, 2019


The Center for Inquiry, as should all people of goodwill, mourns the July 16th passing of retired United States Supreme Court Justice, John Paul Stevens, at the age of 99. He was appointed to the Court by Republican President Ford in 1975, upon the retirement of Justice William O. Douglas. Back then, the political climate …

Can Evolutionary Psychology Explain Climate Change Indifference?
July 17, 2019


Forty years ago, chemist James Lovelock put forward the Gaia hypothesis, which proposed that living organisms interact with their surroundings on Earth to form a synergistic and self-regulating, complex system. The synchronization of the various elements, Lovelock argued, helps to maintain and perpetuate the conditions for life on the planet. Lovelock named the idea after Gaia, the primordial goddess who personified the Earth in Greek mythology.  Though the …

The Perks of Being a Psychopath
July 3, 2019


“Always treat everyone with respect. You never know who is secretly a psychopath.”  ― Alex Wayne, Diagnosis How does one go about identifying a psychopath? It’s not easy, but researchers have made a lot of headway in answering this very question. It is common knowledge that men are more likely to have psychopathic tendencies than women.  For example, …

Preservation and Digitization in the Library: A Look at the Truth Seeker
June 28, 2019


The library was once a physical location one would go to check out books and various forms of media for entertainment and research purposes. A large room of bookshelves lined up in rows, desks with patrons hunched over material, and a librarian shushing rowdy teenagers are often the first images conjured by the word library. …

Justice Alito Declares War on the Nones
June 26, 2019 · 4 


Last week, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in the big church-state separation case of this session, American Legion v. American Humanist Association, the Bladensburg Peace Cross case. It’s not my intention to relitigate the case, or even analyze the ruling in too much detail. Suffice it to say we are now living in a …

Something Wiccan This Way Comes
April 19, 2019


“The New Age? It’s just the old age stuck in a microwave oven for fifteen seconds.” – James Randi I was struck the other day seeing yet another sign on the street for Tarot readings and various psychic services. Folk belief is a hard thing to displace, but I still have to shake my head that …

Catnip Cocktail Panic
March 18, 2019


There’s a new drug panic in town, and it’s not crack or opioids. It’s catnip. Well, it’s called “Catnip Cocktail,” and it actually contains no catnip. It contains a non-FDA-approved blend of a variety of chemicals including caffeine and something called 1,4-BD, which allegedly metabolizes into sedative akin to RHB, a “date-rape” drug. Marketed as …

Eight Hours in a Room with the Anti-Vaxxers
March 14, 2019 · 1 


On March 12, I went to give testimony at a hearing to support Maine’s L.D. 798, a bill to end non-medical exemptions to the state’s vaccination requirements. Little did I know, the issue has become so heated, that the office building that houses the committee room was packed to the gills with advocates on both …