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Carl Zimmer and Paul Offit on Genetics, Race, and Vaccinations at CSICon 2018
March 7, 2019

We find ourselves in the information age among many who, although have the access to proper and accurate scientific information, choose not to believe it. What causes the parents of a newborn to avoid vaccines? Where do the misconceptions of genetics originate? Today on Point of Inquiry, Kavin Senapathy talks with Carl Zimmer and Dr. …


The New Stars of Skeptical Investigation
February 21, 2019

The world of skeptical investigation is full of interesting personalities with stories about their run-ins with ghost chasers, debunking charlatans, and dealing with “magic.” Today on Point of Inquiry, Jim Underdown talks with Massimo Polidoro and Kenny Biddle while at CSICon 2018 about what they’ve been through as two of the top investigators in the …


Twitter’s Resident Gynecologist and the Crusher of the Gender Binary
February 7, 2019

Dr. Jen Gunter is an OB/GYN, pain medicine physician, and Twitter’s resident gynecologist. She blogs and also writes The Cycle, a column on the intersection sex, science, and society, for the New York Times. One day she hopes to ask Gwyneth Paltrow for the physics equation that explains how a jade egg can be recharged with …


The Battle for Young Minds – Bertha Vazquez on Teaching Evolution in Schools
January 24, 2019

As science standards across the country improve to include middle school standards on evolution, more and more teachers are teaching evolution for the first time and the battle to teach sound science moves into the individual classrooms themselves. The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) is a program of the Center for Inquiry. TIES seeks to …


Adam Conover and Tim Caulified on The Algorithm, Gwyneth Paltrow, Netflix at CSICon 2018
January 10, 2019

Adam Conover is the creator and host of Adam Ruins Everything, an informational comedy show that debunks common misconceptions and encourages critical thinking. The New York Times calls it “one of history’s most entertaining shows dedicated to the art of debunking” and refers to Adam as a “genial provocateur”. He is a founding member of the …


The Odyssey of the Plutophiles: Alan Stern and David Grinspoon on the Voyage of New Horizons
May 17, 2018

In July of 2015, a spacecraft called New Horizons gave humankind its first close-up view of a small, misunderstood world called Pluto. It took almost 10 years for New Horizons to soar across more than 3 billion miles of space and give us our first meeting with Pluto and its family of moons. But that …


Trying to Throw Science at Them: Yvette d’Entremont and Kavin Senapathy on Food, Fads, and Fear
December 29, 2017

We are living in a land of confusion, as the band Genesis warned us back in 1986, but even they could not have predicted just how much more confusing things would get 31 years later. With a storm of misinformation engulfing almost every field of human endeavor, 2017 was ripe with confusion. And one of the most …


Margaret Sullivan: Reckoning and Redemption for the Reality-Based Press
December 6, 2017

In the post-truth world, the mainstream media is beset on all sides. Peddlers of propaganda, misinformation, and conspiracy theories seek to strip the media of its authority by creating parallel realities and fomenting anger and mistrust. At the same time, poor editorial judgments and a toxic culture of sexism have landed countless self-inflected wounds. How …


Lee Billings on the Search for Life in a Silent Universe
September 27, 2017

It’s a big cosmos out there. It wasn’t too long ago that we couldn’t be sure that any planets existed anywhere outside of our own solar system. But in just the past handful of years, we’ve learned that planets orbiting stars are the rule, not the exception, which suggests that there may be 200 billion …


Be Not Constrained: James Croft on Humanists’ Responsibility to Fight Oppression
August 24, 2017

The modern conception of secular humanism arose in large part as a response to the horrors of Nazism and the Holocaust, and the evils of racism and bigotry. Humanist Manifesto II, written in 1973, called for “the elimination of all discrimination based upon race, religion, sex, age, or national origin,” and envisioned a world in …