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Baudrillard - J’accuse! (again)

The Outer Limits  with Stephen Law
February 26, 2015

The Radio 3 The Verb programme, in which I discuss pseudo-profundity (with some analytic vs continental philosophy discussion), is repeated tomorrow night at 10pm GMT on BBC Radio 3. It will be available for a week on bbc radio iplayer. Below is my old post concerning that programme. Link to programme website here.

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Anti-Duelist Discrimination

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 26, 2015

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

Yesterday we released our 2014 annual Progress Report: Winning Landmark Victories, Confronting New Challenges. 2014 was huge, guys. This report should give you a good idea of the roller coaster ride it was, and how the support of our community helped us score some really important wins.

Jeff Guo at WaPo rounds up the various license-to-discriminate "religious freedom" bills in several states. Meanwhile, Chris Geidner at BuzzFeed talks to Mike Bowers, the man who successfully argued in favor of "sodomy bans" at the Supreme Court, who has done a 180 and now looks at these bills in horror...

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Middle-Class Rain Dance

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 25, 2015

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

So the ultraconservative American Family Association has this "bigotry map," which is their version of an enemies list, showing the groups they say are "anti-Christian." Thing is, CFI wasn't on their list, and we were all "what's up with that," so I had a little fun with it:

“Of course, the Center for Inquiry is by no means anti-Christian, and we work to combat bigotry of all kinds, be it against atheists, Christians, or any other group,” said CFI communications director Paul Fidalgo, nervously, between gulps of overly sweetened coffee. “But come on. The AFA listed Americans United for Separation of Church and State, American Atheists, and, get this, the AARP! The AARP!”

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Epilepsy “Cures”

Investigative Briefs  with Joe Nickell
February 24, 2015

New York City directories listed Henry Root, Patent Medicines, from as early as 1881 until 1913 or possibly later. Sometimes calling himself “Dr.” Root, he offered a “cure” for epilepsy—only one among many.

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