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Austin Dacey, Ph.D., is former director of Science and the Public, a program of the Center for Inquiry and State University of New York at Buffalo, and author of several articles and books, including The Secular Conscience. He holds a doctorate in applied ethics and social philosophy and has taught most recently at Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

Unification of Forces: The Muslim, the Atheist, and the Higgs

Circumnavigations
July 20, 2012
Unification of Forces: The Muslim, the Atheist, and the Higgs

The first Muslim Nobel Laureate scientist was shunned by his native Pakistan.

Indian Idol

Circumnavigations
June 25, 2012
Indian Idol

The case against Sanal Edamaruku reveals the inherent flaws in legally protecting “religious feelings.”

The Downloadable Revelation

Circumnavigations
May 21, 2012
The Downloadable Revelation

How do you treat your iPhone when it contains the iQuran?

A Deviant Plot: Resisting Gay Rights at the UN, Islamic States Mangle Psychiatric Consensus, English

Circumnavigations
March 16, 2012
A Deviant Plot: Resisting Gay Rights at the UN, Islamic States Mangle Psychiatric Consensus, English

Does the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders propose that there are twenty-two forms of “sexual orientation”? The Islamic Republic of Pakistan (and Focus on the Family) want you to think so.

The Skeptical Canon, part 2

Circumnavigations
September 14, 2011
The Skeptical Canon, part 2

Of late, many skeptics have been searching their souls, or searching the place where their souls would be, about the direction of the movement.

The Skeptical Canon

Circumnavigations
July 26, 2011
The Skeptical Canon

The titles vary across skeptics meetings, but at the core are the now-familiar topics: psychics, monsters, ghosts, UFOs, creationism, ...

Science Diplomacy in the Arab Spring

Circumnavigations
June 14, 2011
Science Diplomacy in the Arab Spring

Two years and one revolution on, the status of science diplomacy in a realigned Arab world.

Fly Me to the Muezzin

Circumnavigations
August 2, 2010
Fly Me to the Muezzin

NASA sent a probe to "the Muslim world," but are its lenses fogged up?

Test Tube Diplomacy

Circumnavigations
July 2, 2010
Test Tube Diplomacy

The Obama administration has put science and technology at the forefront of U.S. “engagement with the Muslim world.” Will it work?

The Goat That Ate Islamic Science

Circumnavigations
May 12, 2010
The Goat That Ate Islamic Science

Was Islam too individualistic to support science?

Freedom of Inquiry and Other Medieval Notions

Circumnavigations
April 2, 2010
Freedom of Inquiry and Other Medieval Notions

Did the pope accidentally prepare the way for the coming of science?

The Decline of the Decline of Arabic Science

Circumnavigations
January 21, 2010
The Decline of the Decline of Arabic Science

Nicolaus Copernicus: Why wasn’t he Ibn al-Shatir?

Sharia-Compliant Science

Circumnavigations
December 2, 2009
Sharia-Compliant Science

The results of the Iranian presidential election in June 2009 aren't the only unbelievable numbers to come out of Tehran lately.

Notes from the Harmonious Society: Dissident Science in China, Part II

Circumnavigations
October 26, 2009
Notes from the Harmonious Society: Dissident Science in China, Part II

Two classical Confucian philosophers once had a famous disagreement over the morality of music. Mozi mounted a utilitarian...

Notes from the Harmonious Society: Dissident Science in China, Part I

Circumnavigations
September 30, 2009
Notes from the Harmonious Society: Dissident Science in China, Part I

Their vessel was the Xue Long, Snow Dragon, and it was bound for the South Pole...

Gods and Rockets: Part 2

Circumnavigations
August 25, 2009

It is a recurring daydream of mine to launch a mail-order enlightenment business.

Gods and Rockets: A Tale of Science in India

Circumnavigations
July 24, 2009

"We are afraid that the thunder-storms might have an impact on the scheduled launch."

Does Science Unite?

Circumnavigations
June 16, 2009

Does science foster a universal culture? Julian Huxley thought so, and wrote this into the mandate of the U.N. What happened?

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Evolution in the Limelight

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

News & Comment

In a crowded room on West 45th Street in Manhattan, a young high-school teacher is hauled before a judge to face criminal...

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Science + Art: Special Issue Introduction

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Article

Monet is said to have remarked to a young artist that he wished he had been born blind and suddenly regained his sight...

Sound: Not as Simple as It Sounds. An Interview with Joshua Fineberg.

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Interview

An Interview with Joshua Fineberg

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Center for Inquiry Opens in India

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

News & Comment

Jawaharlal Nehru, the founder of modern India, famously called its mills and dams "temples of modern India."

Putting the “Natural” in Natural History: Darwin Exhibit Opens In New York

November 30, 2005
Putting the “Natural” in Natural History: Darwin Exhibit Opens In New York

On the sunny autumn afternoon of Saturday, November 19, I was among the enthusiastic throng at the opening of a new...

Is Science Making Us More Ignorant?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 28.6, November / December 2004

Science and the Public

The attempt to integrate basic cultural beliefs with the scientific outlook calls for a new interdisciplinary academic field.

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