Law


The Gospel According to Hobby Lobby—With Brian Leiter
July 7, 2014

To discuss last week’s Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Point of Inquiry welcomes Dr. Brian Leiter, law professor and philosopher at the University of Chicago. He’s the author of several books including Why Tolerate Religion?. He blogs at Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog. Leiter and host Lindsay Beyerstein discuss what the Hobby Lobby decision means for …

Capital Punishment in Crisis with Dahlia Lithwick
May 27, 2014

This week, Point of Inquiry welcomes Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor and Legal Correspondent for Slate, where she writes the “Supreme Court Dispatches” and “Jurisprudence” columns. Her legal commentary won her a National Magazine Award in 2013. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and she joins Lindsay Beyerstein to talk about the crisis facing capital punishment in …

Cancer Quack Stanislaw Burzynski: Exposed
March 17, 2014

This week, Point of Inquiry welcomes David Gorski, MD, PhD: cancer researcher, surgeon, and managing editor of the Science-Based Medicine blog, aka “Orac” of Respectful Insolence. Gorski and Beyerstein discuss a pair of exposés of cancer quack Stanislaw Burzynski in the March/April issue of the Skeptical Inquirer, one by Gorski and one by skeptical activist Robert Blaskiewicz. Gorski explains why Burzynski’s urine-derived antineoplaston therapy …

Matthew Hutson – The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking
February 25, 2013

Even the hard-core skeptics believe in magic, says Matthew Hutson in his new book The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep us Happy, Healthy and Sane which has just been released in paperback. Most of us have some sentimental objects that would seem to lose their importance if replaced by an exact …

Special In Studio Episode: Jamie Kilstein, Ed Brayton, and More
July 2, 2012

Note: You can watch this episode on Youtube.  For this episode of Point of Inquiry, we tried something a little different. At Center for Inquiry headquarters in Amherst, NY, we filmed a special hour long program with multiple in-studio guests, including the famed atheist comedian Jamie Kilstein. As usual, the program is also available as an audio-only podcast.  …

Dan Kahan – The Great Ideological Asymmetry Debate
February 13, 2012

So who’s right, factually, about politics and science? Who speaks truth, and who’s just spinning? It’s kind of the million dollar question. If we could actually answer it, we’d have turned political debate itself into a… well, a science. And is such an answer possible? What does the scientific evidence suggest? In this episode of …

Lawrence Krauss – A Universe from Nothing
February 6, 2012

We had Lawrence Krauss on Point of Inquiry less than a year ago, to discuss his recent book on the scientific works of Richard Feynman. But in order to keep up with him, we had to have him on again. Already. You see, Krauss has a new book out that’s causing quite a stir right …

Shawn Otto – The Assault on Science
October 10, 2011

In recent months, political attacks on science have been back in the news. Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman even famously tweeted, “To be clear, I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.” So it’s very timely that Shawn Lawrence Otto, co-founder of a nonpartisan organization called Science Debate, has got a new …

Chris Mooney – Accommodationism and the Psychology of Belief
May 9, 2011

Special Guest Host: Ronald A. Lindsay  In this special episode, Chris Mooney changes places and becomes the interviewee—and then finds himself facing some probing questions from CFI president and CEO Ronald A. Lindsay. This frank interview is all substance and no fluff as Mooney is asked to defend accommodationism and his Templeton Foundation fellowship. The …

Lawrence Krauss – Quantum Man
March 28, 2011

Physicist Lawrence Krauss has written numerous popular books about science, including the bestselling The Physics of Star Trek. But now he’s tried something different—penning a scientific biography of the famed Nobel Prize winning physicist (and infamous bon vivant) Richard Feynman. The resulting book, Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science, is a fascinating look at …