Trouble, Trebled
September 21, 2020


You already know. Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday night. We’ll have more to say later today, but it’s a punch to the gut. No, it’s a battering ram to the gut. Let’s meet the person who seems to be at the top of the list to replace Ginsburg, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. RNS says …

Human Rights Subscription Bundle
September 18, 2020


At Skeptical Inquirer: Susan Gerbic—the woman who did such a great job exposing fake-psychic Thomas John that the New York Times covered it—reviews John’s new show. Benjamin Radford looks back on the exploratory work of naturalist George Cherrie and his reflections on “various bizarre topics including ghost beliefs and superstitions.” Hey, make sure you’re following …

George Cherrie and the Venezuelan Dancing Devil
September 17, 2020

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One of the most celebrated American naturalist/explorers was George K. Cherrie (1865–1948), who in his 1930 book Dark Trails: Adventures of a Naturalist (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) wrote about his adventures, primarily in Central and South America. Cherrie engaged in many expeditions, perhaps most famously accompanying Theodore Roosevelt on his nearly-disastrous 1913–1914 jungle descent of Brazil’s …

Three Hours of Shoe Shopping
September 17, 2020


FiveThirtyEight looks at the lack of Democratic outreach to nonreligious voters. Political science professor David Campbell says, “Until parties and politicians start talking to secular voters as a bloc, voters won’t see themselves that way either.” Ronald F. Inglehart writes at Foreign Affairs about a huge global decline in religion since 2007. “As unexpected as …

The King of Wishful Thinking
September 16, 2020


Scientific American endorses a presidential candidate for the first time in its 175-year history. Notice you didn’t need me to tell you which one. “The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science.” Oh come on, SciAm, that’s harsh, isn’t it? Let’s …

Buckets of Disillusionment
September 15, 2020


Okay, there might be something alive on Venus. WHO SAW THAT COMING? Well, Carl Sagan did! The Times writes, “Many planetary scientists, including Carl Sagan and Harold Morowitz, who proposed the idea 53 years ago, have hypothesized life may exist there.” Well let’s have a look! Nature, September 16, 1967: While the surface conditions of …

Apocalypse Always
September 14, 2020


We have filed our appeal against the dismissal of our case against Walmart and their deceptive sale of homeopathic snake oil: “Walmart knows homeopathy doesn’t work,” said Little. “The confusion it causes consumers is intentional. The potential for harm is obvious. And we will be happy to make that very clear when this case finally …

When Anti-Vaccination Fears Come From Inside the House
September 11, 2020


This is the eighth in a series of original articles on the COVID-19 pandemic by the Center for Inquiry as part of its Coronavirus Resource Center, created to help the public address the crisis with evidence-based information. Check back often for updates and new information.  While some may think that protests about vaccinations are a …

The Absurd Logical Conclusion
September 11, 2020


The researchers who conducted the study showing discrimination against Muslims and atheists by school principals have an op-ed in the Post timed for the anniversary of 9/11: We found this discrimination against Muslims to be widespread and systematic across the United States, just as likely to occur in urban areas as in rural areas. The …

Walk Around in Circles
September 10, 2020


Tonight! New Skeptical Inquirer Presents! Seema Yasmin! Viral BS! 7pm ET! Exclamation points! Register for it! There’s a new episode of Point of Inquiry: Host Jim Underdown talks to Dr. Raymond Hall, the guy behind the popular Psysicsfun Instagram account, who says “physics is the real magic of the universe.” Skeptical Inquirer‘s Benjamin Radford will …