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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 give an online presentation this Saturday for the National Capital Area Skeptics on investigating the ghosts of New Mexico. Tune in here.

Susan Gerbic gets a live online psychic reading, and she learns, among other things, “The dead want to send me a message from beyond the grave that I drink tea out of a mug with cats on it?”


So anyway, “You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed.” Who knew.

NIH Director Francis Collins on the Trump promise of a pre-election vaccine: “Will it be done by a certain date? I could not possibly tell you right now. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Ed Yong at The Atlantic opens his piece on America’s response to the coronavirus like this: “Army ants will sometimes walk in circles until they die.” Well, I don’t need to.

Whoa, this seems, um, risky: Researchers are studying whether “masks might help to crudely immunize some people against the virus.”


Trump releases his latest list of Supreme Court candidates, whose job will be I guess to oppose abortion and keep “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The DeVos Department of Education releases its final rules that make sure religious student organizations are given the same benefits as secular groups, and that religious schools don’t have to comply with nondiscrimination measures.

A new study shows that atheist college students are becoming comfortable being open about their nonbelief on campus, but also feel less inclined than other groups to “bridge divides” with different belief groups.

The Parliament of Queensland, Australia now requires even priests who learn about child sexual abuse in confession to report it to authorities.

The FDA is getting serious…about sketchy hangover remedies. I guess that’s something.


We’re keeping track of COVID-19 pseudoscience, snake oil, fake cures, and more at CFI’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Separate fact from fiction and inoculate yourself from misinformation at centerforinquiry.org/coronavirus.


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