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Relic Madness

Investigative Briefs  with Joe Nickell
January 19, 2017

The mania for holy relics—in Catholicism objects once connected with the body of a saint—stems from belief that a relic is imbued with miraculous power including supernatural healings. Not surprisingly, this superstition has led to many excesses.

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The Province of Wusses

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 19, 2017

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

I was sick yesterday. Today is our last full day with President Obama. Tomorrow is the first day of President Trump. 

As though fuming in frustration, Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016, the third straight year it's done so. NYT's Justin Gillis puts it plainly:

Temperatures are heading toward levels that many experts believe will pose a profound threat to both the natural world and to human civilization. 

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Reading Romance Novels in Jamaica

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper  with Benjamin Radford
January 17, 2017

A conversation with a Jamaican reader of romance novels. 

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Why Can’t I Just Not Care?

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 17, 2017

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

The theater where I direct a show with University of New England students every year (we're doing Into the Woods this year because we're crazy) is apparently haunted. As long as the ghost doesn't screw up the performances, then fine.

Peter Boyer at Esquire reports that the Trump communications team may evict the press corps from the White House altogether

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