Dismissed as a Source of Reliable Knowledge
April 25, 2019 ·


The U.S. Navy is formalizing the process through which pilots can report sightings of UFOs. Deanna Paul at The Washington Post reports: “Since 2014, these intrusions have been happening on a regular basis,” Joseph Gradisher, spokesman for office of the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, told The Washington Post on Wednesday. Recently, …

Interrupting Chicken
April 24, 2019 · 1 


Mick Mulvaney, the president’s chief of staff (though these things are so fleeting), told the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast: The president has allowed us, Christians of all denominations, folks from all different faiths … to be very vocal about their faith, and to practice their faith, and to take their faith and work it into …

Embarrassing Uncle
April 23, 2019 ·


How about a virtual fist-bump for CFI’s Jason Lemieux, having just fulfilled the promise of meeting with every newly elected Member of the 116th Congress within its first 100 days. The U.S. Court of Appeals says Philadelphia didn’t violate anyone’s religious freedom when the city cut ties with a Catholic foster care service provider because …

Ceaselessly Devour, Transfigure, and Replenish
April 22, 2019 ·


At least 290 people are killed and hundreds more injured in bombing attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Officials are pinning the blame on an Islamist group you probably never heard of, the National Thowheeth Jama’ath. Delivering a gut punch to atheist equality and the separation of church and state, …

I Don’t Want No Scrubs
April 19, 2019 ·


Heck yes, it’s a new Point of Inquiry episode! Kavin Senapathy’s got both Massimo Pigliucci and Susan Blackmore. That’s a heck of a lineup for one show. Check out Skeptical Inquirer‘s own Kenny Biddle as he talks about the ghost-hunting “industry” with WGBH radio‘s The Curiosity Desk. In 1999, when we were livin’ la vida …

Paradigmatic Profane Past Participle
April 17, 2019 · 1 


CSICon 2019 is happening. I don’t mean right this minute, I mean in October, at the Flamingo in Las Vegas. Q will be there. And the string theory guy. And she who is Goop-bane. Even the guy who made the PalmPilot. I feel like I’m not selling this very well. Just…just trust me, it’s great. …

Misconduct and Inattention
April 16, 2019 ·


The Notre-Dame cathedral is still standing, mostly, after a huge fire churned through its insides. The cause of the fire seems to be essentially accidental, related to ongoing renovations of the cathedral. President Macron has vowed that what has been destroyed will be rebuilt. Tonya Guerrero, writing for the Philippines’ ABS-CBN, tells of the social …

Reconsider Your Priorities in Life
April 15, 2019 ·


Sorry for the two-day absence last week, folks. I was devoting my energies to the production of Chicago I directed. You know, that show about about a time and place notable for new forms of expression as well as an obsession with celebrity and artifice that swamps civic institutions? I know, not relevant at all …

This is Not a Serious Conversation
April 10, 2019 ·


This morning, astronomers revealed the first-ever image of an honest-to-goodness black hole, 55 million light-years away at the center of the Messier 87 galaxy. NYT’s Dennis Overbye writes: The image…resembled the Eye of Sauron, a reminder yet again of the power and malevolence of nature. It is a smoke ring framing a one-way portal to …

Very Expensive, Deeply Researched, Top-Secret ­Baloney
April 9, 2019 · 1 


There is a lot of weird today. The number of U.S. measles cases has now reached 465, with 78 new cases in the first week of April alone. Can you guess why? Via the Post: “More bad news,” Peter Hotez, an infectious-disease expert at the Baylor College of Medicine, said in a Twitter post about …