The Secret of My Psychosomatic Success

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 26, 2016

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

Jonathan Webb at the BBC interviews Richard Dawkins on the occasion of The Selfish Gene's 40th anniversary (a book I read about six years ago, and it blew my mind). One topic is his and other scientists' role in the discussion of religion:

It's important to [be involved in those debates]. I think scientists need to get involved in that kind of thing. ... Religion is not really a field that you can have. It's a non-field. And insofar as religion makes claims in the area of science - which it does, because it talks about creation, it talks about the nature of the Universe, it talks about the nature of life - to that extent, all scientists should be involved in it. 

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Smell the Faith

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 25, 2016

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

Mary Lou Bruner, the creationist running for the Texas Board of Education who also believes that President Obama used to be a gay prostitute, is defeated in a primary runoff.

We've been getting a little heat from some corners over the fact that we hosted a web presentation last night by Lindsay Beyerstein (who is awesome) entitled "On Bullshit: Donald Trump, Harry Frankfurt, and Indifference to Truth." This is an academic look at what to us seems pretty obvious, that Trump is not terribly concerned with being correct about the things he says. This isn't a political statement, but a statement of demonstrable fact. Nonetheless, we got a few complaints about focusing on Trump.

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Greasy Faith

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 24, 2016

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

Research by St. Mary's University shows that in the UK, the number of people claiming no religious affiliation has almost doubled from 2011 to 2014, with "nones" at 48.5%. Meanwhile, churches are "hemorrhaging worshippers" (as the Telegraph puts it), losing 11 congregants for every new one they gain. That's truly remarkable.

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What Trumps Truth?

by David R. Koepsell
May 23, 2016

Using current political events and personas to help understand the way that public discourse can be manipulated is not the same as taking political sides in an election. 

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Socially Inconvenient

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 23, 2016

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

The past fortnight was one of the busiest we've had in a while (and we're not even into conference season yet), so get a quick catch-up with the latest Cause & Effect newsletter

Kavin Senapathy is interviewed at Good about her role in the March Against Myths, which pushes back against anti-GMO conspiracy mongering. She's also one of the great speakers at the upcoming Women in Secularism 4.

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“The Man Who Knew Infinity”: A Nickell-odeon Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 20, 2016

Buffeted by forces ranging from poverty to romantic estrangement, academic strictures, outright racism, and profound illness, math visionary Srinivasa Ramanujan lived a brief life that has yielded a rich study in perseverance and the triumph of genius. It is titled, The Man Who Knew Infinity.

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Invalid and Pointless

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 20, 2016

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

More things! Things are a constant! How the things do continue to EMERGE and MANIFEST.

For example! Yesterday we made an announcement about all the cool things we'll be doing for the Reason Rally, both at the rally itself and online...

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Assisted Dying: For Whom?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 20, 2016

In the United States, there continues to be intense debate over whether assisted dying should be legalized— for anybody. By contrast, in some European countries, as well as in Canada, the debate is no longer over whether it should be legalized. Instead, the debate now focuses on who should be entitled to assistance in dying.

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Flabber, Thoroughly Gasted

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 19, 2016

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

Oh so many things today. Fewer things from now on please?

Except good things. We can have good things. Here's two good things:

22-year-old Bangladeshi secular blogger Shammi Haque is granted asylum in Germany, and she is one of those helped by CFI through the Freethought Emergency Fund.

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SCOTUS and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Non-Decision

by Nicholas Little
May 18, 2016

On Monday the decision came down in Zubik v. Burwell, the latest incarnation of the campaign by the Religious Right against the Affordable Care Act and in particular its Contraceptive Mandate. Or, more correctly, the non-decision came down...

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