Failed “Psychic” Tip

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 21, 2011

Do "psychics" really solve crimes or help police find missing persons? Not according to an incident that drew not only Liberty County, Texas, sheriff's deputies, but also Texas Rangers, FBI agents, and cadaver-sniffing dogs, as well as a swarm of reporters and a TV helicopter.

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United Nations recognizes LGBT rights for first time ever

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
June 21, 2011

The U.N. officially endorsed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered rights in a resolution that narrowly passed the Human Rights Council.

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Faitheists are Nothing New

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
June 18, 2011

Not even the label of Faitheist is all that new.

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Michael Shermer: The Believing Brain

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
June 16, 2011

On June 9, 2011, CFI-New York City and NYC Skeptics hosted Michael Shermer for a talk about his new book, "The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies — How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths."  Full video, including both the talk and Q&A, is now on CFI's YouTube page.

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“Finding Bigfoot” a Howler

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 13, 2011

Finding Bigfoot, a new series airing on Animal Planet on Sundays (10 p.m. eastern and pacific time), looks like another silly TV program aimed at the credulous. Its "special preview episode"—filmed in the "remote woods of northern Georgia," in the Chattahoochee National Forest—set forth the show's formula: make it look as much like Ghost Hunters as possible.

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Thanks, Derek

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
June 12, 2011

As Derek Araujo stated in his post a few days ago, he is resigning his position at CFI to pursue graduate studies in physics.  Let’s see . . . with his existing law degree from Harvard and now an upcoming PhD in physics from Columbia, this means Derek will become Master of the Universe in about four years time.  The good news is that it seems he will be a benign Overlord, and will treat us lesser beings kindly. 

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Religious Fundamentalism means Authoritarianism and Prejudice

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
June 11, 2011

Yet another large study shows how rigidly religious people more likely to be people who are prejudiced, authoritarian, and militaristic. 

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Carla Baron Complains About Fake Psychics

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
June 11, 2011

A high-profile psychic failure last week has many psychics, including Carla Baron, complaining about the damage done by 'fake' psychics. Baron is also concerned that America is in the midst of a modern Salem Witch Trial. 

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Much Ado About Foreskins

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
June 09, 2011

On the ballot in San Francisco this November will be a proposal to make it a criminal offense to perform a circumcision on a male under the age of 18. Should secular individuals — who obviously have no religious motivation to carry out such a procedure — support the ban? No. The proposed ban is a singularly bad idea.

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Video posted: Secret Footage of “Faith Healer” Peter Popoff in Toronto last month

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
June 08, 2011

We bear witness (as does our footage) as disgraced faith healing fraud Peter Popoff engages in laying on of hands "healings", hosts testimonials and requests large sums of money. We show him asking attendees to put "their best seed" into envelopes he passed out, as well as close up of a sick man being turned away by security staff for appearing too ill to be credibly cured. We also describe a dispute where - rather ironically - the organist for this "faith healer" wished us death by cancer.

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