Controversial Reality Status
October 28, 2020 by

Why isn’t this the ONLY STORY anyone’s talking about??? FOLKS! The White House science office says that in Trump’s first term, he can be credited with ENDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC! Whew! Well let’s all get back to our very normal lives, I guess. I wonder what we should do with our now-totally-irrelevant Coronavirus Resource Center. …

Pawns of Darkness, Space Junk, and Imminent Hazards
October 27, 2020 by

Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed by the Senate to the U.S. Supreme Court last night, after which she was quickly sworn in and then partook in a weird ceremony of waving from the Truman Balcony of the White House with Trump in what NYT‘s Nicholas Fandos wrote was “more befitting a political rally than the …

Check Your B.S. Detector with John Petrocelli on the next Skeptical Inquirer Presents, Nov. 5
October 26, 2020 by

John Petrocelli: Persuasive Bullshitters and the Insidious Bullshit Hypothesis Please pardon our language for a moment, but, what’s up with all the bullshit? (In the scholarly sense, of course.)  Thursday, November 5 at 7pm ET, on the next Skeptical Inquirer Presents live online event, psychology professor John Petrocelli will deliver the hard truth about bullshit and why …

Good Landing Pads Make Good Neighbors
October 26, 2020 by

The chat between Richard Dawkins and Javed Akhtar on Saturday was really interesting, in ways even I didn’t expect. You can see the live-tweeting we did here. While of course largely in agreement with Dawkins, it was fascinating to get Akhtar’s perspective on some areas of either disagreement or at least nuanced difference. Oh, also, …

Kill All the Birds!
October 23, 2020 by

We’ve got two big events queued up over the next week for you. Tomorrow morning (well, morning if you’re in the U.S., 11am ET), it’s the 2020 Richard Dawkins Award ceremony on Zoom, where Richard himself will be in conversation with this year’s winner, Indian poet, lyricist, and screenwriter Javed Akhtar. It is not too …

Elfin and Mephistophelian
October 22, 2020 by

James Randi has died at the age of 92. Randi helped found what would become the Center for Inquiry in 1976, alongside greats such as Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, and Paul Kurtz. Here’s what CFI president and CEO Robyn Blumner said in our statement last night: To the skeptical movement, he was a hero. To …

Statement on the Death of James Randi
October 21, 2020 by

We at the Center for Inquiry are heartbroken over the death of James Randi, who died on October 20 at the age of 92. Randi helped found the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), the organization that would one day become the Center for Inquiry, in 1976, alongside legends such as …

The Asteroid Called. It Wants its Dirt Back.
October 21, 2020 by

Understandably, Americans’ trust in the information they get about COVID-19 has dropped since the spring, with trust in Trump on the topic dropping from a sad 23 percent to a piddling 16 percent. The only thing more mistrusted than Trump on COVID is social media. Here’s info you CAN trust, CFI’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Consider …

The Lie That Must Die: ‘Skeptical Inquirer’ Eradicates the Vaccine-Autism Myth
October 20, 2020 by

Misinformation and partisanship have clouded all public discussion of a potential vaccine against the coronavirus, but the roots of vaccine fears have their modern roots in the fraudulent claim that the MMR vaccine causes autism. In the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer, the dangerous and thoroughly-debunked vaccine-autism myth is put to rest, hopefully once and for …

Apple of His Eye, Out on a Limb
October 20, 2020 by

CFI Board Member Vinod Bhardwaj urges those intrigued by Indian spiritual gurus to instead look to someone like Javed Akhtar, who we’ll be honoring with the Richard Dawkins Award this Saturday. Vinod says, “Try to use your mind. Do not turn off your mind to experience the truth as the Gurus want you to.” At …