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Evolution Only Breaks Things:

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The pseudoscientific movement known as Intelligent Design (ID) does not offer a consistent or cohesive theory of life. Instead, it is a loose collection of criticisms of the supposed shortcomings of modern evolutionary theory. One such criticism is that the natural forces of evolution can serve only to weaken, damage, or destroy molecular functioning, thereby …

Women’s Suffrage Centennial – The Intersection of Suffrage and Freethought

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One hundred years ago, women across the United States finally won the right to vote after decades of activism and struggle. The role of freethought and religious skepticism in that struggle has been whitewashed out of the history of women’s suffrage, when in fact secularism was a driving force as primary obstacle of suffragists was …

Viral BS: Medical Myths and Why We Fall For Them – Seema Yasmin

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Can your zip code predict when you will die? Will testosterone supplements boost your libido? Should you space out childhood vaccines? Does talcum powder cause cancer? Why do some doctors recommend e-cigarettes while other doctors recommend you stay away from them? Health information―and misinformation―is all around us, and it can be hard to separate the …

The Role of Cognitive Dissonance in the Pandemic – Carol Tavris

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Because of the intense polarization in our country, a great many Americans now see the life-and-death decisions they must make in living in the time of the pandemic as political choices rather than medical ones. This dynamic is playing out among the many people who refuse to wear masks or practice social distancing. While the …

Developing a SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine: Is Warp Speed Too Fast? – Paul Offit

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Paul Offit discussed the path to developing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine with an understanding that most research and development programs for vaccines take about 15-20 years on the latest Skeptical Inquirer Presents. The expectation, however, is that this vaccine will be developed in 12-18 months. Given that this would undoubtedly mean that steps along the path …

Conspiracy Theories and COVID-19 – Joseph Uscinski

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Using a wealth of recent survey data, Professor Joseph Uscinski demonstrates just how popular conspiracy theories about COVID-19 are, and why they are so dangerous to our health. Uscinski then looks at another set of dangers facing us today: those associated with misunderstanding the causes of conspiracy theories. Smashing down some of the most common …

Conversation with a “Very Funny Lady” – Leighann Lord

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The first ever CFI Insider event! Register here for more upcoming CFI Insider free webinars! Leighann Lord, the always funny host of Center for Inquiry’s Point of Inquiry podcast and the upcoming web series Skeptical Inquirer Presents, sat down with CFI’s outreach department to talk about her comedy, activism, and trajectory in the freethought movement. …

Introducing PENSAR, The Spanish Language Magazine For Science, Reason And Freethought

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Alejandro Borgo, director de la nueva publicación “Pensar“, recientemente lanzada por el CFI, te invita a explorar la revista para la ciencia, la razón y el librepensamiento, en idioma español. Visite Pensar.org hoy. Alejando Borgo, editor of the newly launched CFI online publication, “Pensar” invites you to come and explore the spanish language magazine for …

Ricky Gervais and Richard Dawkins in Conversation

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Multi-award-winning stand-up comedian, screenwriter, and actor Ricky Gervais was presented with this year’s Richard Dawkins Award, from the Center for Inquiry. CFI campaigns to remove the influence of religion in science education and public policy, and to eliminate the stigma that surrounds atheism and non-belief. The Richard Dawkins Award has been presented annually since 2003. …

The Overblown Breast is Best Mantra for Breastfeeding | Kavin Senapathy

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If you’ve had a baby in the last few decades, you probably remember hearing one seemingly incontrovertible, science-clad mantra: “Breast is Best.” But more and more clinicians and researchers are saying that the adage overstates the science. A growing community is speaking out against the pressure for all parents to breastfeed exclusively, and the real …

How the Brain Learns And Why Sometimes It’s Wrong | Jeff Hawkins

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The neocortex is the seat of intelligence in the human brain. But how does the brain learn? In the past few years, we have made dramatic progress on this problem. In this talk, I will give an overview of what we now know and what the implications of being an intelligent species might be. I’ll …

Legislative Alchemy: Pseudoscience in the Law | Jann Bellamy

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Homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture, and subluxation-based chiropractic are all grounded in pseudoscience, yet practiced daily in the U.S. without sanction. Why? Lawmakers have incorporated pseudoscience into the law, permitting the sale of healthcare products and services that have no plausible basis in science and no evidence of effectiveness to an unknowing public. We’ll look at how …