Beat Back the Chaos
March 26, 2020

We are still helping! Yesterday we launched the CFI Coronavirus Resource Center: Inoculation Against Misinformation. It’s our effort to collect, curate, and communicate the most relevant and useful science and reality-based resources for information regarding the coronavirus pandemic, focusing on what we do best, separating facts and science from misinformation and pseudoscience. Go check it …

The Dumbest Debate
March 25, 2020

Benjamin Radford offers some guidance on dealing with coronavirus news and information; not just about telling the real from the fake stuff, but also the useful from the trivial. Just as importantly, he reminds us not only to be careful of what we believe, but what we share online, recommending some types of “social media …

Fear Itself: COVID-19, Media Literacy, and Social Media Distancing
March 25, 2020

This is the first in a series of original articles on the COVID-19 pandemic by the Center for Inquiry as part of its COVID-19 Resource Center, created to help the public address the crisis with evidence-based information. Please check back periodically for updates and new information.  There’s a natural—almost Pavlovian—tendency to follow the news closely, …

Sylvia Browne’s Bogus Coronavirus Prophecies
March 24, 2020

In recent weeks there’s been many rumors, myths, and misinformation about the current coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19. One of the most curious is the recent resurrection of a posthumous prediction by psychic Sylvia Browne. In her 2008 book End of Days, Browne predicted that “In around 2020 a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe, …

Can Machines Detect Lies?
March 24, 2020

Most everyone lies from time to time. In most cases, lies (deception) are no big deal. College students admit to lying twice a day on average, and others in the community admit to lying once a day on average (Lilienfeld et al. 2010). Knowing whether or not someone is lying is hard, but what if …

A Punishment Inflicted Upon Us For Our Presumptuous Sins
March 24, 2020

What fresh hell does today bring? Trump is feeling antsy about all this social distancing and people not going to his hotels, so he says he wants to get people out and about and infecting each other as soon as possible. You can tell he feels very strongly about it because he’s tweeting the code …

Who Needs Toilet Paper – When the Going Gets Tough…
March 23, 2020

Did Chicago Cubs fans give up, when on 8/8/88, after waiting
118 years for their first night game, it was rained out? Hell no.

Did the castaways give up hope or kill Gilligan, after he,
for years, screwed up every solid opportunity to be rescued? Hell no.

Did “Mad” Mike Hughes give up after his first (DIY) rocket
launch failed to prove that the earth was flat? Hell no.

If That’s Not Devilish, I Don’t Know What Is
March 23, 2020

Wow, I bet Sylvia Browne, who “predicted” some kind of outbreak for 2020, is just kicking herself in the afterlife for not being around for the coronavirus. John Blake at CNN reports: The prediction faded from public memory and the book’s author, Sylvia Browne, died in 2013. But the coronavirus pandemic has brought new attention …

Magic Seeds and Spiders in Nutshells
March 20, 2020

Check this out: WE ARE HELPING. The superhero of education, the Avenger of Evolution, Bertha Vazquez, has put together a six-hour guided lesson on evolution for students stuck at home because of the coronavirus…and she’s got two versions of it! One for middle school, another for high school. At Newsweek, Andrew Whalen looks at the …

Compelling Interests for Pansies
March 19, 2020

Let’s start with coronavirus racism! There is apparently a conspiracy theory stating that black people are immune to the virus (obviously false), which of course would be a big surprise to actor and guardian of the Bifrost, Idris Elba: Something that is scaring me, when I read the comments and some of the reactions, my …