It Starts to Feel True
October 2, 2020 by

Yes, yes, we’ll get to the Big Thing is a second. First! On the next Skeptical Inquirer Presents on October 8, Sasha Sagan will talk about how nonbelievers can find meaning in the cosmos. Sign up now. Okay, now the Big Thing. President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19. Trump’s …

PPE > C-list PSAs
October 1, 2020 by

Find hope and cleanse your cortex with the newly-posted video of Bertha Vazquez, director of CFI’s Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science, on the latest CFI Insider online event. Hey everybody, we don’t need to make things up to oppose about Amy Coney Barrett, there’s plenty of real stuff. Politifact debunks the claim that she’s said …

Religious Liberty Rock Opera
September 22, 2020 by

CFI’s legal director Nick Little expressed better than any of us could just what Justice Ginsburg meant to our secular-skeptic-reality-based movement. “When the majority of the Supreme Court lurched to the right, permitting religious exemptions that would harm innocent parties, the Notorious RBG held firm in her belief that justice demands that a person’s faith …

The Democratic Left, Biden, and Rational Choices
April 13, 2020 by

Voting for a political candidate is not always the result of a careful, well-informed consideration of the various pros and cons of having this candidate hold elective office. (Yes, I’m known for my understatement.) Ignorance, bias, and emotion influence voter choice. The role of ignorance and bias is lamentable, but can’t do much about these …

Confessions of a Former Fake Doctor in ‘Skeptical Inquirer’
February 12, 2020 by

“Six years ago, I was a quack.”  In the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer, Britt Hermes tells of her previous life as a licensed “naturopathic doctor.” She exposes the lies and self-deception of the alternative-medicine industry and describes how her courage put her in legal jeopardy. Trained in naturopathy, a system that relies on pseudoscientific treatments …

Don’t Blame Yourself: Exposing Deflection and Shame at CSICon
October 18, 2019 by

Did you know that it’s all your fault? For women, if they’re not living their best life, it’s because they’re buying unwholesome, unnatural products. Also, any hardships their children face are because they didn’t breastfeed them enough. Oh, and climate change? That’s also your fault because you took a plane to get to CSICon. On …

CSICon 2019 versus the Fantasy-Industrial Complex
October 18, 2019 by

In Post-Truth America, at a time when “modern secular government is in greater jeopardy than ever before,” as CFI board chair Eddie Tabash put it at the CSICon 2019 opening reception, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The kickoff of this year’s CSICon was a kind of diagnosis of …

Trump Budget Starves Science and Education at Worst Possible Time
March 11, 2019 by

Billions of dollars in federal cuts to science and public education would significantly hinder America’s capacity for dealing with 21st-century challenges, said the Center for Inquiry in response to in the Trump administration’s 2020 budget request. CFI also warned that the proposed cuts would thwart the progress of scientific breakthroughs that improve and enrich the …