The Evolution of Altruism and Social Intelligence

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
March 06, 2012

Video of CFI-New York City's recent panel discussion on altruism, decision making, and the evolution of human cognition, featuring prominent psychologists Laurie Santos (Yale) and Felix Warneken (Harvard).

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Christians Protesting at the Reason Rally

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
March 04, 2012

On March 24th in DC, the Reason Rally will have company from Faith rallyers.

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Senate Rejects Blunt Amendment

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
March 01, 2012

The U.S. Senate has voted 51-48 to table a proposal by Sen. Roy Blunt that would have allowed employers and health insurance providers to exclude any coverage that they deem immoral or contrary to their religious beliefs.

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Oscar-Winning Film Highlights Acid Attack Domestic Violence

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
February 28, 2012

Though few have heard of it, the important Oscar-winning short subject film Saving Face may be the best film of the year, highlighting horrific abuse of women in Pakistan.

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Where are all the Atheists? The NONES, the NONS, and the SHUNS

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
February 25, 2012

Even the best polls make it difficult to know how many people have left religion behind.

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An Antique “Temperance Drink”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 24, 2012

On February 21, 2012, CFI Libraries intern Christian Exoo (a graduate student in Library Science at the University of Buffalo) gave me the two items pictured here, an antique medicine bottle and accompanying advertising booklet, for my medical quackery collection (part of which may be viewed on Christian discovered the artifacts in the wall of a late-nineteenth-century house in Canton, New York, during a renovation. Both items were new to me, and, additionally, complemented each other with helpful information.

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Women in Secularism—A Conference for Everyone

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
February 24, 2012

CFI’s upcoming conference on Women in Secularism (register here) is most decidedly not a conference targeting an exclusively female audience. Yes, the speakers are all female and yes, the conference is focused on women’s concerns. But the concerns of women are not a concern for women only.

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Victory! Indiana House Kills Creationist Bill

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
February 23, 2012

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma has shelved a Senate-approved bill to allow public schools across the state to teach children the creation stories of various mainstream religions. 

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A Skeptic’s Visit to Macchu Picchu

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
February 22, 2012

A skeptic visits the Peruvian ruins of Macchu Picchu and finds history tainted by pseudoscience.

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Dizzy with Excitement over “Moving Secularism Forward”

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 20, 2012

I just signed on with CFI last week as their new communications guy, so I'm still settling in and getting a sense of what's going on. So you'll have to forgive me if some things that seem like old hat to regular readers of the CFI blogs are shiny, new revelations to me. And I'm not just talking about the fact that CFI headquarters has three little kitchens -- two of which have stoves. That's crazy! Really, what I'm flabbergasted by is the fantastic lineup of speakers at our conference in Orlando, mere days away, starting March 1st. 

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