Skepticism about Cancer Screening: An Interview with Dr. H. Gilbert Welch
Dr. H. Gilbert Welch is an American physician and cancer screening researcher. As a former professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, he has published many peer-reviewed papers about the harms of early detection and specifically of cancer screening—the systematic search for cancer before it causes symptoms. Welch is also a …
A Cancer Nurse Examines Alternative Medicine
“Oh my gosh, Carrie. I just had a shady experience with an alternative cancer treatment hospital, thirty minutes south of the California/Mexican border.” Those were the first words of an email I received from a cancer nurse recently. Nurse K, as I’ll call him, had been in touch here and there as he helped me …
Still ‘Amazing’: A Conversation with James Randi, Part 2
You were asked how to treat a friend who ardently believes in the paranormal. You said, “Be kind. Be kind. They believe because they need to believe. Be compassionate.”
Still ‘Amazing’: A Conversation with James Randi
I took up being Harry Houdini, though I never claimed to be him. As a matter of fact, during my career I broke a couple of his records.
Michael Mann and the Climate Wars
Physicist and CSI Fellow Mark Boslough interviewed noted climatologist and geophysicist Michael Mann, who spoke at CSICon Las Vegas.
Vaccines and the Anti-Vaccination Movement: An Interview with Dr. Paul Offit
In an interview with Lindsay Beyerstein on the Point of Inquiry podcast, Offit spoke about the early 2015 measles outbreak at Disneyland, the anti-vaccination movement, and the importance of vaccination.
Behind the Magic: An Interview with James Randi
An eighty-six-year-old skeptic, secular humanist, and atheist, Randi has investigated paranormal, occult, and supernatural claims for much of his career.
Steven Pinker on Violence
Acclaimed Harvard psychologist and best-selling author Steven Pinker was interviewed by Indre Viskontas and Chris Mooney in a rare live edition of Point of Inquiry, the flagship podcast of our Center for Inquiry. Here is the majority of that interview.
Oliver Sacks on Hallucinations
What causes the startling, unbidden perception of something that seems very real but has no material existence outside of our own minds? The “poet-laureate of medicine,” Oliver Sacks, takes us through the looking glass and into the fascinating world of hallucinations.