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Ideas Just Want to be Free

by David R. Koepsell
January 28, 2015

It's time to seriously question the current regime of Intellectual Property (patents and copyrights, primarily). They have been an interesting but ultimately failed attempt to spur innovation, and they run counter to basic principles of freedome of inquiry and expression.

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That Chaos is Our Destiny

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 28, 2015

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.      

Our own Debbie Goddard gave the opening remarks at FTBCon, and the people, they really liked it.

James Randi announces his retirement.  

The Federal Trade Commission declares that the weight-loss supplements hawked by Dr. Oz are junk, and it's no innocent mistake on Oz's part. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at his snake oil show. 

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Dr. Taft’s “Asthmalene”

Investigative Briefs  with Joe Nickell
January 27, 2015

A product with the unique name “Asthmalene” was sold as an asthma “cure” by the Taft Brothers, physicians, who joined forces in 1868 and settled in Rochester, New York, where they formed a medicine company, Dr. Taft Bros.

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Quetzalcoatl Didn’t Return on His Raft of Snakes

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 27, 2015

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.      

Yesterday, we called upon President Obama to push the Saudis to free Raif Badawi and other jailed dissidents when the president was to meet with King Salman. But given Obama's discussion with Fareed Zakaria, I'm going to guess he won't.

Vox has a useful primer on Saudi Arabia and how it came to be what it is, though I wish it didn't have to be framed in that "but were afraid to ask" trope. Can we just not be afraid to ask? Can we just be okay with the idea that not everyone knows everything about everything? Okay I'll stop. 

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