How To Think About The Apocalypse, Now
September 21, 2020 by

Classically, the word Apocalypse refers to the end times described in the book of Revelation in the bible. We can safely ignore this because Revelation is batshit crazy – even by biblical standards. The insanity that goes down in Revelation makes Noah’s Flood seem like a county fair. Even most Christians have to read Revelation and say, “God wouldn’t do that.” (Wouldn’t he?)

Fads and Fallacies
July 21, 2020 by

As part of a reference question I received during the recent pandemic, I looked back at the beginnings of the modern skeptical movement and was reminded of the writings of Martin Gardner. Those of you familiar with us know that Gardner had a very large influence on what became the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) …

Unretouched Ingersoll Memorial Photograph
July 15, 2020 by

We recently returned (in a limited fashion) to the offices here in Amherst, New York. While researching the accumulated information and media requests, I found this wonderful photo related to Robert G. Ingersoll. The image shows the Ingersoll family and friends with a wreath placed at the base of the Ingersoll Memorial in Ingersoll Park, …

Can Naturopathic Doctors Combat COVID-19?
March 31, 2020 by

Last week, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) announced that it urges government officials coordinating the national COVID-19 pandemic response to utilize all licensed healthcare professionals, including naturopathic doctors (NDs) “to support other medical professionals in changing the trajectory of this public health crisis.”  Yes, we’re facing shortages of health care workers to respond …

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

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.

‘1917,’ War, and The Frailty of Knowledge
January 22, 2020 by

As advertised, the World War I film 1917 takes place in April 1917, when two British soldiers, William Schofield (George MacKay) and Tom Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), are rousted from a weary daytime slumber. They’re ordered to cross enemy territory (a no man’s land littered with death and decay) and deliver an urgent message to another …

Research for the Freethought Trail
January 16, 2020 by

Lately, I have been doing a considerable amount of research for one of our projects, the Freethought Trail website ( The current research has been for the development of further coverage for the centenary of the Nineteenth Amendment enacting woman’s suffrage in 2020. The website will be adding informational pages about each New York State …

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.

Inquest on the Shroud of Turin book
Yours Truly Didn’t Disappear—Khashoggi-like—at Turin Shroud Conference
August 23, 2019 by

The 2019 International Conference “Science, Theology and the Turin Shroud” was held August 14–17 at Redeemer University College in Canada. Despised by some Shroud zealots as the author of Inquest on the Shroud of Turin (1983, updated 1998), I was billed as a presenter, but fears of a possible tragic outcome were whispered in skeptical …

A Natural Mistake
July 10, 2019 by

“That some persons are free and others slaves by nature … and that for these slavery is both advantageous and just, is evident.” So said Aristotle, one of the first advocates of the “natural law” approach to ethics. (See his Politics, Book I, ch. 5.) The State Department has just established a Commission on Unalienable …