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 …

Crackpots, Serial Killers and Flat Earthers
November 6, 2019 by

Things are a bit different now. Any crackpot with a 6th grader’s knowledge of computers can design and launch a website, shoot, edit and post a You Tube video that is wrong in every sense of the word, and search the world for people who share their same fetishes, dopey ideas, or sick fantasies.

TIES Update: Entertaining and Enlightening Human Errors
November 5, 2019 by

The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES), a program of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, gives middle school teachers the tools they need to effectively teach evolution and answer its critics. TIES is closing out another successful year. Five new TIES workshops have been added since our last update, and in the …

Skeptics of CSICon: A Tight and Clever Pack
October 19, 2019 by

Many skeptics know what it is to feel alone. If you’re the only parent in your social circle who accepts the science of vaccines, or you’re an atheist in a deeply religious family, or you’re the bubble-burster to refuses to concede that your friend spoke to their dead relative through a psychic medium, a skeptic …

Flaws, Courage, and Conviction at CSICon
October 19, 2019 by

If nothing else, to be a skeptic is to be willing to accept the universe as it is. That’s not the same as being apathetic or content with the status quo, but it does mean that we have to start with the facts as they are, not as we would have them be. So if …

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 …

Who is Doing the Pointing? CSICon Watches the Watchers
October 18, 2019 by

Who watches the watchers? The morning session for CSICon 2019 featured three speakers who all, in their own ways, asked us to consider where the information we take in is actually coming from and what it is we’re doing with that information once we’ve got it. The implications are incredibly significant.  Behavioral scientist Gordon Pennycook …