Elaborate and Oddly Durable
May 28, 2019 ·


On Saturday morning, you may have awoken to the glorious English-accented sound of CFI’s own Nick Little, as he was interviewed by Scott Simon on NPR’s Weekend Edition, talking about our lawsuit against Walmart for their peddling of homeopathy. Nick was GREAT. The 50th anniversary of the Moon landing is upon us, and Joel Achenbach …

A Mistake and a Professional Embarrassment
May 24, 2019


Remember when CFI West and its Independent Investigations Group was on National Geographic and did a whole thing where it debunked Flat-Earthers right before their eyes? Well they turned that event into a pilot episode for their own original video series for the Center for Inquiry Investigations Group. It’s great! Do you know how to …

Nones From Above!!!
May 22, 2019


Where’s a nice place to be a None? Canada, of course! John Longhurst at RNS reports: “It’s more normal in Canada to say you have no religion,” said Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, a professor of sociology at the University of Waterloo and author, with Joel Thiessen, professor of sociology at Ambrose University, of “None of the Above: …

Going to Battle for a Gay Rat Wedding
May 21, 2019


While y’all were paying attention to dragons and whatnot, we sued Walmart. That’s right! CFI has filed suit against Walmart for selling homeopathic snake oil as though it were real medicine, just like we’re doing with CVS: “Despite being among the richest corporations on Earth and the largest retailer in the United States, Walmart chooses …

A Cosmic Experiment Being Performed On Us
May 20, 2019 · 1 


Last week the House passed the Equality Act, which did please us: “An affirmative act of Congress to grant federal protection from discrimination to the LGBTQ community has been a long time coming—too long,” said Jason Lemieux, CFI’s Director of Government Affairs. “It would be a tragedy if the Senate now refused to advance this …

Single Spies v. Battalions
May 17, 2019


At Skeptical Inquirer, Guerilla Wikipedian Susan Gerbic offers advice on how non-scientists and non-academics can get more involved in skeptic activism. And yes, it has a lot to do with Wikipedia: As you can imagine, there is so much work to be done. And yes, the idea of creating, rewriting, and maintaining all Wikipedia pages …

Pretend to Be a Bit More Human
May 16, 2019


I know there are other things going on in the world. I know that the republic is collapsing and the oceans are boiling. But nothing matters more than this: Star Trek: Picard is a real thing and it’s coming soon. There’s a new Point of Inquiry episode on the interwebs, ready for you to feed …

I Have Good News and I Have Bad News. Mostly the Latter.
May 15, 2019


Bad news, but tragically unsurprising: Alabama is about to ban just about all abortions. NYT: The legislation bans abortions at every stage of pregnancy and criminalizes the procedure for doctors, who could be charged with felonies and face up to 99 years in prison. It includes an exception for cases when the mother’s life is …

It Dances Around Timidly
May 14, 2019


SB 276 in California would attempt to put the kibosh on doctors handing out medically unnecessary vaccination exemptions to patients whose objections are purely (and this is a generous use of the term) philosophical, so of course, the propaganda pushback is intense. The San Jose Mercury News reports in its lede that opponents are “spreading …

There is a Lot of Garbage Out There
May 13, 2019


In The New York Times, Catie Edmonson looks at how the new Democratic majority in the U.S. House is upending some of the old ways of doing things, such as using gender-neutral titles, no longer using plastic bottles for water at hearings, and most relevant to us, making “so help me God” an optional tag …