Biologist says God’s presence is a provable illusion
January 26, 2017

In a “Feed Your Brain” lecture on Jan. 15 to a full house of 80 skeptics and secular humanists, San Diego computational biologist John C. Wathey explained his hypothesis that one’s felt presence of God is an illusion in the brain caused by “retaining an innate model of mother.” Wathey said that this neonatal root …

91-year-old woman reveals at Café Inquiry her experiences on Oahu during attack on Pearl Harbor
December 7, 2016

To honor today’s 75th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, last Wednesday’s Café Inquiry featured a documentary and presentation on various myths about the attack, from the battleship Arizona was blown up when a bomb when down its smokestack to an astrologer’s claim to have predicted the attack to the conspiracy theory that …

CFI-L.A. provides volunteers for citizen science project studying trees resilient to drought
August 3, 2016

     A half dozen volunteers joined up with CFI-L.A.’s Rational Volunteer Association (RVA) as it participated Sunday for several hours in a citizen science data collection project conducted by Earthwatch involving the measuring of trees in Plummer Park in West Hollywood.      The Earthwatch Operation Resilient Tree Data Collection Project seeks to understand …

Emeritus Prof. Jim Stein entertains and instructs crowd with math card tricks and book trailer
June 23, 2016

A packed theater of about 75 attendees watched Cal State Long Beach Emeritus Prof. Jim Stein perform several math card tricks – one blindfolded with his tie – to illustrate the science and practical value of mathematics. Another 20 saw his talk to the Orange County CFI group in Costa Mesa. Stein’s enthusiasm and knowledge …

UCLA Prof. Teo Ruiz Reflects on the Terror of History through Renaissance Witch Hunts
March 9, 2016

In a March 6th presentation at the Center for Inquiry in L.A., distinguished UCLA Prof. Teo Ruiz told a packed house of 75 how 100,000 people – mostly elderly women – were burned at the stake or hung as alleged witches in alliance with Satan to destroy Christian society in early Modern Europe. Ruiz, who …

Citizen Science Symposium Held Saturday in Long Beach;  1st National Citizen Science Day on April 16
February 23, 2016

Several dozen citizen scientists and others attended the 1st Citizen Science for Conservation in Southern California Symposium Saturday at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, listening to numerous speakers from various academic, governmental and non-profit organizations involved in numerous programs that involve public participation in scientific research. Known by many names but popularized in recent years …

“No God But Funny” Contest winners announced at Café Inquiry
September 2, 2015

At the monthly Café Inquiry at CFI-L.A. last week (Aug. 26), more than 50 attendees saw the winning 16-minute webisode entry, Earth Angel, submitted by John Dardis of Los Angeles for the first-ever “No God But Funny” Contest. Entrants were asked to “contribute to the downfall of civilization by writing a sitcom and/or producing a …

Patricia Churchland speaks on morality and the social brain to overflow crowd Sunday, Jan. 4
January 6, 2015

More than 125 attended Sunday’s lecture by Patricia Churchland, professor emerita of the Univ. of California, San Diego, about morality and the brain based on her book, “Touching a Nerve.” Introduced by Eddie Tabash, who was introduced by Bob Ladendorf, Churchland also discussed the neuroscience of NDEs, evolution of brains in mammals, and how various …

Eddie Tabash gives talks in L.A. and Costa Mesa; Jim Underdown in Wichita, KS
October 21, 2014

About 100 people attended Chair Eddie Tabash’s lectures at the Center in L.A. and at Costa Mesa on Sunday as he updated the progress of the Religious Right and how it’s stronger than ever before. In rousing talks about the need to increase efforts to combat its recent successes in the Greece and Hobby Lobby …

Women’s Atheist & Agnostic Group holds inaugural meeting at CFI-L.A.
July 10, 2014

On July 1st, the Los Angeles Women’s Atheist & Agnostic Group held its inaugural meeting at the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles, led by artist Amy Davis Roth. CFI-L.A. executive director Jim Underdown welcomed the group of 24 women, who enjoyed drinks and snacks in a friendly atmosphere. Each of the women discussed her background and …