Elderly People Prophesied a Speedy Decay of the Vital Forces

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 22, 2018

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

The Defense Department's National Defense Strategy document, signed by Secretary Mattis, does not include the words "climate," "warming," "planet," "sea levels," "temperature," or "environment" in the ecological sense of the word. Hey I guess that means that global warming is no longer a threat! We won you guys!

The really bad flu going around got a little extra breathing room when the CDC was placed in limbo by the government shutdown. Oops! But now there is apparently a contingency plan. 

Read more… | 1 Comment

CELERINA: Quackery with Cocaine

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 19, 2018

“Celerina” was a medicine dating from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, originally of secret formulation, sold as a nerve tonic and cure-all.

Read more…

Odd Season

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 19, 2018

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

Yesterday, The Atlantic published an important piece on our Secular Rescue program, and central to that article was Lubna Yaseen, a student from Iraq who we helped move to safety in the U.S. It also so happens that she tells her story in full in this month's Free Inquiry magazine, which we have made free to read here.

Read more… | 3 Comments

Why Trump Is Always Right

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
January 18, 2018

It's not a popular thing to admit, but let's face it: Trump is always right. Here's why. 

Read more…

Crack Our Souls Open

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 18, 2018

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

The Atlantic has a big feature all about CFI's Secular Rescue program, profiling some of those we have saved, and quoting our boss Robyn Blumner and me in one of my less eloquent moments. Specifically talking about Bangladesh, I told David Robson:

We know there have been, and may still be, hit lists, issued by those who are trying to keep their hands clean, encouraging young radicals to slaughter secularists of their own volition. And one of the worst parts is the callousness of the response from the Bangladeshi government. From the prime minister and other officials, we get several versions of ‘Well, they shouldn’t have been insulting religious beliefs.’ After one student was murdered, officials began to investigate the dead guy to see if he had written anything worth killing him over.

Read more…

Less Bad

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 17, 2018

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

President Trump is super-human. Here's what the doctor who performed his physical examination said:

It is called genetics ... Some people have just great genes. I told the president that if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200 years old. 

Read more… | 1 Comment

Sticks!

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 16, 2018

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

Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson is coming back for a second season...five years later. Better late than never. It's coming in the spring of 2019 and titled Cosmos: Possible Worlds. Cue the endless review headlines wondering if it will be the "best of all" said possible worlds. 

Read more…

Self-Pollination

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 12, 2018

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

Donald Trump who somehow is President of the United States (lol) told a room full of educated adults with easy access to mass communication that immigrants from Haiti and Africa are from "shithole countries." He denied saying it, which of course is ridiculous because he said it, again, to a room full of educated adults. 

Read more… | 4 Comments

Knight of Swords! No Bombs Will Fly.

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 11, 2018

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

You might remember I was away for a couple of weeks in October for a writers' retreat, and one of the other writers there with me was Amanda Little, a science journalist who was working on a book on how the hell we're going to feed 9 billion people. She is incredibly smart and cool, and she's just published a big Bloomberg Businessweek feature on one aspect of her reporting: little AI robots that tend to crops, plant by individual plant, without screwing up the world.  

Read more… | 1 Comment

RIDDLEculous XVI

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 10, 2018

More funny riddles with a science/critical-thinking angle.

Read more…

 1 2 3 >  Last »