‘Plandemic’ Asks Questions—But Won’t Answer Them
May 21, 2020 by

Earlier this month, a YouTube video for an (apparently) upcoming documentary titled Plandemic was released by Mikki Willis (credited onscreen as “father/filmaker” [sic]). The video features a lengthy interview with virologist Judy Mikovits, who offers scattershot conspiracy-laden assertions about the “truth” behind the COVID-19 pandemic, prefaced by claims of having been framed for a crime …

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COVID-19 Pseudoauthorities
May 13, 2020 by

This is the fifth in a series of original articles on the COVID-19 pandemic by the Center for Inquiry as part of its Coronavirus Resource Center, which was created to help the public address the crisis with evidence-based information. Please check back periodically for updates and new information.  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, so does …

Why Can’t We Have Nice Things? Because of You, That’s Why.
April 29, 2020 by

I should start by saying I don’t necessarily mean you, the reader. I hope, and the fact you are reading CFI stuff indicates this is likely, you don’t fall into this category. But we all know some, and probably way too many of them. There’s your uncle or cousin who causes embarrassment every year at …

Center for Inquiry Calls for Reinstatement of White House Vaccine Expert
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April 23, 2020 by

The Trump Administration’s removal of the federal government’s leading expert on vaccines, in apparent retaliation for disagreement with the president, exemplifies how the White House is placing the ego of President Trump over the safety and lives of Americans, said the Center for Inquiry today.  STAT News reported that Dr. Rick Bright, formerly the director …

Some Notes on ‘Silliness’
April 20, 2020 by

With the COVID-19 outbreak and its requisite closures, I have had time to do some catching up on the blogs, articles, etc., that always seem to be put off when there are other things to be done. While catching up, I noted that some recent writings have once again raised the issue of “silliness” and …

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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 …

TIES Offers Free Guided Online Lessons in Evolution for Learning at Home
March 19, 2020 by

Educators across the country, determined to keep student learning from grinding to a halt as the coronavirus pandemic causes schools to close, have a new resource. The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science is offering free, ready-made science lessons in the wonders of evolution, available online for both middle school and high school levels.  “All About Evolution” is …

‘Birds of Prey’ Misogyny: When Clickbait Harms Women
March 9, 2020 by

Recently a headline widely shared on social media decried poor reviews of the new film Birds of Prey and blamed it on male film critics hating the film for real or perceived feminist messages (and/or skewed expectations; it’s not clear). The article, by Sergio Pereira, was headlined “Birds of Prey: Most of the Negative Reviews …

QUACKWATCH Joins the Center for Inquiry
February 26, 2020 by

For many years, Quackwatch.org and its related websites have been an indispensable and trusted resource in the fight to expose the fraud of health-related pseudoscience and fake medicine. Their mission will continue as part of the Center for Inquiry.  Quackwatch and its related sites house an exhaustive array of information, advice, and news for consumers, activists, media, regulatory …

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 …