Christopher Dorner, Eyewitness Testimony, And Mental Illness
June 23, 2020

June 18, 2020, Benjamin Radford, A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper Spree killer and ex-police officer Christopher Dorner was recently mentioned in a standup comedy piece by Dave Chapelle. If the name sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because Dorner killed four people and wounded three others in mid-February 2013, his victims including police and civilians in the Los Angeles …

‘Plandemic’ Asks Questions—But Won’t Answer Them
May 24, 2020

“Plandemic made many claims, most of which have been widely debunked. We have to wonder: Where are their responses? Why are they suddenly so quiet? Why are they afraid to answer questions? What do they have to hide?”

Satan At CFI? Save Your Dime…
May 13, 2020

Let me be clear. We at the Center for Inquiry are much more disciplined about our beliefs. We try to restrict what we accept to be true to that which we can confidently demonstrate through science and reason.

Keeping Churches Open Will Damn Us All
April 2, 2020

Let one thing be eminently clear. There is nothing about the walls of a church or synagogue, temple or mosque, that prevents the spread of the novel coronavirus to those gathering within it. There is nothing a priest or minister can say, no magic words he can intone, that will protect his flock from catching this virus.

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

March 31, 2020, William M. London, Guest Contributors 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 …

Why We Use More Than 10 Percent Of Our Brain Power
March 2, 2020

Jamie Hale writes: A large body of research has shown humans tend to be cognitive misers (Stanovich et al. 2016). We can’t afford to engage in hard thinking all the time because it isn’t efficient. In our daily lives, we need to think at different levels in different situations. Too much thinking when engaging in …

Misleading Polls and Bad Statistics: Do Republicans Think Education is Bad?
January 16, 2020

“The marketplace of ideas is served when data and polls are presented honestly, and opposing views are portrayed fairly. Skepticism and media literacy are more important than ever, so check your sources—especially when you agree with the message—to avoid sharing misinformation.”

Sagan’s Candle In The Dark
November 18, 2019

Personal experience often drives superstitious belief; firsthand accounts for many people are enough. Never mind that those holding superstitious beliefs often lack knowledge regarding brain processes, perception, and cognition. Never mind that humans are susceptible to a range of conscious and unconscious biases.