“Marshall”: A NICKELL-odeon Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
October 17, 2017

If one views Marshall (2017) with the expectation that it will depict the lifetime of its subject—Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993), the civil rights stalwart—one may be surprised (as I was) but not disappointed.

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Nasty, Nasty People

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

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Results from a Pew Research survey shows what may be a key turning point for American nontheists: For the first time, a slim-but-solid majority of Americans (56%) says that one does not need to believe in God to be moral. While obviously "nones" help push this number up (with what I think is a surprisingly small 85%), but it's also Mainline Protestants and Catholics who also agree. 

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We Cause Suffering

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 16, 2017

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Hi there.

I'm back after a fortnight's absence, having spent the time in Marin County, California at the Mesa Refuge, working on writer stuff. It was lovely, save for the smoke that became quite a thing as a result of those terrible fires. Please forgive the lateness of this post this morning, as I have a lot of catching up to do, and I'm still adjusting to East Coast time. So what's been going on? 

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RIDDLEculous XV

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
October 10, 2017

More funny riddles from a skeptical view.

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Burying the C.B.S.

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
October 04, 2017

An innocuous press release for a new book on Darwin raises some red flags.

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Blasphemy and Other “Hate Speech”

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
September 30, 2017

During my tenure as president and CEO—in 2009, to be precise—CFI established International Blasphemy Rights Day (September 30, in case you forgot). It’s one of the accomplishments I take some pride in.

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The West Palm Beach Killer Clown Case: A Closer Look

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
September 28, 2017

The mysterious 1990 killing of a Florida woman by someone dressed as a clown may finally be solved.

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Bigfoot Eyeshine: A Contradiction

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
September 28, 2017

The fabled North American man-beast, Bigfoot, continues to draw interest after two centuries of searching—despite the lack of a specimen and an utter absence of fossil evidence. Proponents continue to rely on such questioned evidence as photos and films, footprints, hair specimens, and the like.

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Refrigerator Magnets and Bouncy Balls

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 28, 2017

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To start, I have some personal news that affects this blog-thing. Starting tomorrow, I'll be gone for two weeks as I head to California for a writer's retreat-fellowship-thing at the Mesa Refuge. Long story short, Rob Boston of Americans United was the first person to go to the Refuge as part of a new Free Thought Fellowship, and afterward he got to nominate the next person to go. So, in what I assume was a some drug-induced, delusional, manic state that probably included some frothing at the mouth, Rob nominated me. The Refuge folks agreed, and well, off I go...

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If They Are, They Are. If They’re Not, They’re Not.

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 27, 2017

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Okay okay okay. We're all rationalists here, right? I mean, we all believe that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. WELL THEN. I SUBMIT TO YOU my extraordinary evidence that the End Times truly are upon us...

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