I will be a speaker at this year’s Center for Inquiry Summit, talking about skeptical investigation and skepticism.
Should examination of religious beliefs remain largely off limits for skeptics? Should secular humanists be as critical of fringe science claims, including alternative medicine, as they are of religious beliefs? To what extent do skeptics and humanists have a common mission? Both skeptics and humanists support science and critical thinking—but what else unites them? Are there public policy issues on which skeptics and humanists can productively collaborate?
The best way to answer these questions is to bring skeptics and humanists together to talk about them—and that’s exactly what we’re doing. On October 24-27, 2013, we’re holding The CFI Summit: a joint conference of the Center for Inquiry and its affiliate organizations, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism.
For more information or to register, click HERE.
In a recent interview in New York magazine, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia acknowledged his belief in Satan:
Scalia said that “I even believe in the Devil…..Of course! Yeah, he’s a real person. Hey, c’mon, that’s standard Catholic doctrine! Every Catholic believes that…. In the Gospels, the Devil is doing all sorts of things. He’s making pigs run off cliffs, he’s possessing people and whatnot. And that doesn’t happen very much anymore…. What he’s doing now is getting people not to believe in him or in God. He’s much more successful that way.”
The second-largest hospital in the Southern African country of Swaziland may be operating a black market in human body parts used in magic spells, according to claims made by a reverend and others.
Weird, creepy, and not really surprising if you understand the magical beliefs in the region. You can read my piece on LiveScience.com HERE.
If you’re not checking out Sharon Hill’s Doubtful News, you’re missing out on an excellent skeptical source for weird news!
A mother in Utica, Ohio, has been charged with faking cancer in her 4-year-old son and profiting from the scam. Emily Creno, also known as Emily King, told friends, family and others she met via Facebook and other social media sites that her son JJ had a type of terminal brain cancer called pleuropulmonary blastoma, and would only live a year and a half longer….
You can read the rest of this weird story HERE.
My Discovery News update on the ‘Wild Boy’ who appeared in Berlin last year claiming amnesia and that he’d spent 5 years living in the woods.
It’s a weird story, and you can read it HERE.
Officials with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish are puzzling over the mysterious deaths of more than 100 elk, apparently all within a 24-hour period, in rural New Mexico…. You can read the story HERE.
I wrote a piece for Discovery News about superstitions– Thirteen of them, of course! You can read it HERE.
A Texas rancher named Phylis Canion believes that a strange, hairless bluish-skinned animal she discovered on her property in 2007 may be the mythical, vampiric beast called “el chupacabra,” said to be responsible for draining the blood from goats, chickens, and other livestock… My analysis is on Discovery News, and you can read it HERE!