Thank the Motherland!
October 16, 2018


Let’s rip this band-aid off: I will no longer be hosting Point of Inquiry; I voluntarily stepped aside because I simply couldn’t make the time for it to do the show justice. But I am very glad about who will be hosting it: Kavin Senapathy and James Underdown. The show is in excellent hands. Kavin …

More Like a Smooth Criminal
October 15, 2018


At The Atlantic, Emma Green reports on a new survey that shows that not only are the religiously unaffiliated really jazzed up about political participation, but that this participation itself makes them less none-y: Religiously unaffiliated voters, who may or may not be associated with other civic institutions, seem most excited about supporting or donating …

Flail Uselessly through Something Like Vapor
October 12, 2018


Rights activist Gulalai Ismail, who has spoken at CFI’s Women in Secularism conference, was detained by Pakistan authorities at Islamabad International Airport, and later released on bail. She’s apparently on the government’s “Exit Control List.” CFI’s own Barry Karr is a guest on the Phil Ferguson Show to talk about CSICon 2018 WHICH OMG IS …

Don’t Spray It
October 11, 2018


The journal Scientific Reports (run by the folks who publish Nature) ran a paper on how homeopathy can reduce pain, and lordy lordy, wouldn’t you know it, turns out the paper was full of garbage research. Meanwhile, a company called Sprayology (oh boy) is recalling its homeopathic sprays that are supposed to help with everything from …

The Symbol of a Circle Produces a Single Sound
October 10, 2018


CFI’s Council for Secular Humanism has announced the winners of this year’s Forkosch Awards: Kurt Andersen for his book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History and Rebecca Goldstein for her Free Inquiry article “Mattering Matters.”  So it turns out that just 100 companies are responsible for over 70 percent of global carbon emissions. When it’s …

Mitigating the Effects of Sudden Bodily Fluid Vaporization
October 9, 2018


Time to be on the lookout for something called the American Charter of Freedom of Religion and Conscience, a kind of religious-liberty-contract-with-America-accord developed by Christian scholars, and which Frederick Clarkson at Rewire says “is marred by efforts to slant the meaning of religious freedom towards conservative interests in the culture war, and to silence advocates for …

Breathtaking (While You Still Can)
October 8, 2018


Both literally and metaphorically, the world burns. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says we’re just about out of time avert climate disaster, and there’s really no way we’re going to catch up: To avoid racing past warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) over preindustrial levels would require a “rapid and far-reaching” transformation …

So Utterly Unimpressed
October 4, 2018


Kentucky governor Matt Bevin is encouraging all students (one assumes that includes those who are not Christian) to bring Bibles to school for, yes, Bring Your Bible to School Day. Now, since it’s “Bring YOUR Bible,” one could, in theory, bring whatever one considers to be one’s own “bible,” such as another religious text, The …

Phage Display
October 3, 2018


“New Age” beliefs are no mere relic of the 70s, alas. According to Pew Research, 62 percent of Americans—and 62 percent of “nones”—believe in some form of New Age malarkey. 42 percent of Americans buy into some vague notion of “spiritual energy” and 41 percent believe in psychics. Psychics for pete’s sake!! About a third …

Leave Alex Alone!!!
October 2, 2018


Last month, our boss Robyn Blumner was at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva where she spoke out about blasphemy laws and the oppression of atheists. “Any law that criminalizes apostasy or the defamation of religion is an unjust law,” she says. Check out the video. Kavin Senapathy, in her Woo Watch column for Skeptical …