We All Just Fall to the Ground Naturally

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 28, 2015

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

The Canadian government is keeping a lid on an assessment it did as to whether its arms deal with Saudi Arabia is discordant with its human rights aims. (Let's get these people playing Saudi Girls Revolution.)

Consensus seems to be that Scott Walker has a genuine shot at this whole president thing. Jud Lounsbury reminds us:

If Walker prevails in the Republican primaries, he will be the first presidential candidate to come from a church whose members believe the Apocalypse is "imminent," do not allow women to serve on congregational boards of elders, practice "speaking in tongues," and do not believe someone is a real Christian unless he has been "born again." 

Uh oh. 

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The Second-Least of These

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 27, 2015

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

Point of Inquiry has The New Yorker's Michael Specter, talking about the whole gluten-free thing and why it's silly. Specter is going to be at the Reason for Change conference next month!

Our boss Ron Lindsay insists that his analysis of the death penalty doesn't make him deficient in empathy, and he cuddles a kitten to prove it.

Syed Tashfin Chowdhury at VICE covers the plight of freethinkers in Bangladesh, coping with threats from radicals and the murders of friends and colleagues. 

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I’m not saying you’re vengeful; you’re just deficient in empathy

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 26, 2015

So I wrote a blog post the other day the principal point of which was to argue for the proposition that it is not enough to be correct in your conclusion on a policy issue. How you arrive at your conclusion is also very important. I used the dispute over the death penalty as an illustration. A blogger vigorously objected to my post. In so doing, he confirmed the relevance of the point I was making.

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Backwards Religions and Flyover States

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

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

Ireland votes in favor of marriage equality with 62.1%, becoming the first nation to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. 

Daniel Loxton looks to the example of Carl Sagan, who helped found what is now CFI's Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and emphasized kindness in our quest for truth.

Ben Radford is the guest on the Big Picture Science radio show, talking about (not) visiting the afterlife

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A Stark, Soulless, Inhuman Edifice

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 22, 2015

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

Before I was "executive producer" (cough cough) of Point of Inquiry, I was its biggest fan. I still am, so I'm doubly excited that Spotify picked Point of Inquiry as one of the few podcasts for the launch of its brand new podcast streaming offerings. See our announcement/brag here, and read me gushing about the show. Congrats, guys.

You wanna help CFI become an even more powerful and unstoppable force online? Maybe apply for this web content job.

First of all, I had no idea Bob Gates was now head of the Boy Scouts, but that's on me. Second of all, he just said he wants to reverse the ban on gay leaders.  

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The Brutalist Style in Academia

by David R. Koepsell
May 21, 2015

Like the Brutalist style in architecture that dominated some campuses in the 1970s, there is a growing trend in academia that is alienating, cold, inhuman, and ugly. This harms science and disuades good scholars from entering the field, or achieving what they might once they are in it.

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19th Century Misunderstandings

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 21, 2015

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

Hey look! It's our own Michael De Dora on a religious freedom panel at the Newseum!

Transhumanist philosopher Zoltan Istvan is running for president, which spurs me to write about some of my own concerns about transhumanism

Philip Ball at Nautilus looks at the often-troublesome human equation in the practice of science

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Books are Pointy

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 20, 2015

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Big news in Oregon, as the state's House of Representatives easily passes a CFI-backed Secular Celebrant bill! In Ohio, meanwhile, while we still don't have a Secular Celebrant law passed, this can still happen

Articles from the new Free Inquiry issue on the population crisis are now posted and available for all to read. There's some sobering stuff there. 

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Give Scientologists a Chance

Hollywood Reality Check with Jim Underdown
May 19, 2015

Leah Remini, another ex-Scientologist (and former co-star of King of Queens) was there, and mentioned at one point that most Scientologists were good people.  That shouldn’t have surprised me.  I was sitting in the midst of a crowd of people who to a person were kind, fun-loving, decent people. Many were at one time not just Scientologists, but big hitters in the church with serious positions and responsibility.

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Trading in Christ for Thor

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 19, 2015

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

Ron Lindsay opens up a new series of posts that will challenge what he calls "humanist orthodoxies," the positions our community tends to hold that might not be sufficiently backed up by evidence:

My forthcoming essays are designed not so much to persuade, but to make us think carefully about the grounds for our opinions. It seems to me this work is in furtherance of CFI’s mission. We are the Center for Inquiry, after all, not the Center for Ideology. 

Point of Inquiry is super-cool this week, as Josh Zepps interviews the writer and director of Ex Machina, Alex Garland, and they talk about the ethics and perils of artificial intelligence. Neat stuff.

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