Intelligent Design and Science Denial: Nathan Lents on the Next SKEPTICAL INQUIRER PRESENTS
September 14, 2020 by

Evolution Only Breaks Things: The Science Denial at the Heart of Intelligent Design Thursday, September 24 at 7pm ET, on the next Skeptical Inquirer Presents live online event, biologist and bestselling author Nathan Lents will join host Leighann Lord to turn the tables on Intelligent Design, revealing a movement that denies science and ignores evidence.  “Intelligent Design” is the …

We’re Not Backing Down from Walmart
September 11, 2020 by

The next step in our case against Walmart and homeopathy. Snake oil profiteering has emerged as a genuine crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, exemplifying what we at the Center for Inquiry have been saying for years: Pseudoscientific medicine is dangerous, and those who profit from it must be held accountable.  That’s why we launched our groundbreaking …

CFI to Court of Appeals: Protect Consumers from Walmart’s Fake Medicine Deception
September 11, 2020 by

The Center for Inquiry urged the D.C. Court of Appeals to reject Walmart’s attempt to sidestep a consumer-protection lawsuit over the mega-retailer’s deceptive sale and marketing of homeopathic medicine.  CFI, an organization that advocates for reason and science on behalf of consumers, sued Walmart in 2019 under the District’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act for selling homeopathic remedies …

We Could Be Wrong: The Value of Intellectual Humility in ‘Skeptical Inquirer’
September 8, 2020 by

In our hyperpolarized, hyperpartisan era, perhaps the hardest thing to do is to admit we might be wrong. Baseless, unscientific beliefs are routinely expressed with absolute certainty, and for advocates of science and reason it is tempting to confront false claims with equal conviction, or even contemptuous dismissal. But in the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer, …

Calling Out “Viral BS” on the Next SKEPTICAL INQUIRER PRESENTS with Seema Yasmin
August 31, 2020 by

Seema Yasmin: Viral BS—Medical Myths and Why We Fall For Them It’s always been challenging for non-experts to distinguish factual medical information from misinformation and pseudoscience, and the pandemic has only raised the stakes for getting it right. The fomenting of distrust of science and expertise only makes matters worse. What can we do? Thursday, …

The Society for Science-Based Medicine Joins the Center for Inquiry
August 17, 2020 by

The Society for Science-Based Medicine was formed in 2013 to serve as a community for experts and advocates working to support evidence, science, and consumer safety in health care, and to fight back against the creep of pseudoscience and quackery.  Their cause has never been more vital than it is right now, as the world …

Walmart Homeopathy Fraud Lawsuit: Center for Inquiry to Appeal Judge’s Inexplicable Dismissal
June 15, 2020 by

The Center for Inquiry vowed to continue its efforts to end the deceptive marketing of homeopathic fake medicine, announcing that it will appeal the dismissal of its consumer protection lawsuit against Walmart.  On May 20, 2019, the Center for Inquiry (CFI), an organization dedicated to advancing reason and science, filed a lawsuit in the District of …

It’s time to stop giving snake oil salesmen the benefit of the doubt.
Office of Public Policy
April 13, 2020 by

The makers of homeopathic medicine want it both ways.  They want their “drugs” to be treated like real medicine, to be able claim they can treat all kinds of ailments, and sell them right alongside evidence-based medicines on pharmacy shelves.  They also don’t want their products to be held to the same rigorous standards of …

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A New Resource to Inoculate Against Coronavirus Misinformation
March 25, 2020 by

The public is being inundated by misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic at every level, from blatant internet scams to the false claims of the president of the United States. The Center for Inquiry, as the foundational institution for skeptical inquiry into extraordinary claims of pseudoscience, religion, and the paranormal, is bringing our unique expertise to …

Wegmans Hawking Fake Medicine During Pandemic: CFI Calls Out Retailer for Crassly Irresponsible Profiteering
March 16, 2020 by

Wegmans supermarkets are using the confusion and fear surrounding the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to increase its sales of useless homeopathic products, an act of cynicism that the Center for Inquiry is calling out as appalling and irresponsible. Homeopathy is an eighteenth-century pseudoscience in which dangerous substances are diluted to the point that no …