‘First Man’ A Fitting Space Odyssey
October 15, 2018

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First Man tells the true story of the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong (played by Ryan Gosling). As the film shows, he got there largely through skill and determination, but also luck and circumstance. The outlines of the story are, of course, well known, and part of the challenge in telling …

Scientific Myths of All Natural Medicine
October 3, 2018


Recently while discussing drug classifications and drug effects with my students, the All-Natural Medicine Myth was brought up. the All-Natural Medicine Myth (a.k.a the Argumentum ad Naturam) reflects the tendency to believe something is good because it is natural—or conversely it is bad because it is unnatural. While I was talking to the class about …

Sonnet for Inquiry
September 20, 2018


Last weekend, I went to the Religion Newswriters Association Conference in Columbus, Ohio to shill for the Center for Inquiry before the assembled journalists on the God-beat. Although I hadn’t been to one of these in a couple of years, I’m still pretty much a known quantity over there. And by that, I mean that …

The Tale of The Truth Seeker
September 13, 2018


Of the periodicals published at the Center for Inquiry, none has a longer – or more winding – history than The Truth Seeker. I’ll pause a moment while some of you say to yourselves, “Huh? CFI has something to do with The Truth Seeker?” – and while others of you say “What’s The Truth Seeker?” …

China’s Muslim Concentration Camps Represent an Affront to Humanist Values
September 10, 2018


CFI stands proudly in support of freedom of speech, freedom of inquiry, and freedom of religion, even when we don’t agree with the ideas that others may come to from such freedoms. In the United States, we are seeing the notion of freedom of religion being twisted from freedom of belief into a privilege to …

Anti-Science and Pro-Religious Privilege: Judge Brett Kavanaugh is Worse than We Thought
September 10, 2018


Update: Though CFI believes, based on his past statements and on the phrasing of his answer to Senator Cruz, that Judge Kavanaugh probably does hold an unscientific position on birth control and abortifacients, the evidence is insufficient to make this claim with 100 percent certainty. Although Judge Kavanaugh’s answer doesn’t allow us to determine with certainty …

CVS, Homeopathy, and the DC Court System — What’s Happening?
September 7, 2018


Earlier this summer I filed a consumer protection lawsuit in the D.C. Superior Court against CVS Pharmacy, Inc., alleging that their stores commit fraud by displaying homeopathic products alongside science based medicine both in their brick-and-mortar stores and online. The wheels of justice turn notoriously slowly, so I wanted to take this opportunity to fill …

Wringing Out Excess Water: How I Lost My Faith
August 24, 2018


I once heard the concept of religious faith compared to a glass of water. When one is young, the glass is small and so is easily filled with a small amount of water. As one grows older, the glass expands, and the same amount of water no longer fills the glass. I am not positive …

Ape Church, Agnostics vs Atheists, Godless but pro-Trump
August 22, 2018

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Are you agnostic about Santa Claus? Probably not. I suspect that your ability to disprove the existence of Santa Claus is on par with your ability to disprove God. Such is the case with believing any negative concerning existence. If there is insufficient evidence to believe in any proposition, then you live your life as if that thing doesn’t exist — until some solid proof comes in.

There may be some other universe or dimension in which I have no bald spot, but until I cross paths with my hairy-crowned self, I’ll continue to wear hats.

The Privilege of Predators: Church Sexual Abuse And Society’s Deference to Religion
August 15, 2018


Yesterday a Pennsylvania Grand Jury report was released, detailing credible accusations of sexual abuse against over 300 priests in just six dioceses. Over 1,000 child victims were identified. The report can be found here. Read it. If you can stomach it, read all 1,356 pages. You probably can’t, and I couldn’t. Page after page of …