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Truth and Myth Behind “Magic in the Moonlight”

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper  with Ben Radford
July 25, 2014

 A look at some of the real-life events and characters that inspired the new Woody Allen film Magic in the Moonlight.

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Science is not a Crime

by David R. Koepsell
July 25, 2014

Not every threat to scientific progress comes from religion. Some threats are arising due to the changing nature of how science is funded and pursued. A basic institution that helped begin the scientific revolution is publishing. The changing nature of the academic climate, and publishing businesses, now threaten to undermine the way science is conducted. Science cannot proceed well without free and open access to its results, and academic publishers who put findings behind firewalls betray us all.

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Reactionary Weirdos

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 25, 2014

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

The 2014 CFI Leadership Conference is underway, and I'm knocking out a quick Heresy here before I get back into things here at the Mothership. 

USA Today has a new piece on he-of-the-baseless-cancer-treatments, Stanislaw Burzynski, as the Texas Medical Board tries to pick up where the FDA fell down. CFI chief Ron Lindsay is quoted as the prime critic of Burzynski cheering on the Texas Board, saying, "Burzynski should not be practicing medicine. Period." 

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A Cirque du Soleil of the Mind

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 24, 2014

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

I'm here at the airport getting ready to fly to Amherst and CFI's Mothership for the CFI Leadership Conference. Where we confer. About leadership. Anyway, I understand people really like it. Especially the YOUTH. So, there may or may not be a Heresy tomorrow, we'll have to see how things go.

So here's the thing: There was some really excellent news that happened a few weeks ago, but with all the other things going on, only yesterday did we have a chance to actually make a thing of it. But thing-make we finally did, announcing that our own besuited public policy chief Michael De Dora was elected president of the UN's NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Well-deserved, and a huge deal for our movement on the international stage. Hemant applauds, "It’s a tremendous honor and I have no doubt De Dora will be a great representative and model of Humanist values."

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