Invisible Music

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 12, 2016

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

First, we start the day by wishing a speedy recovery and good health to Richard Dawkins, who last week suffered a minor stroke. He's doing okay and is expected to be back in action, but there will be some work ahead to recover. CFI and RDFRS staff is handling his Twitter account for now (thus, alas, a spelling error in a recent tweet that Dawkins himself would never make). 

But a Happy Darwin Day to him and to you nonetheless.

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Transbunnyism

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 11, 2016

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

Rapid Growth, which is a news outlet in Grand Rapids -- get it? Rapid growth? -- checks to see what all the fuss is about with the secular Sunday Assembly services, and highlights the area's existing freethought community represented by CFI–Michigan.

Scott Gavura considers the ethics of marketing and selling complementary and alternative medicine. And there are none. There are no ethics.    

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Feral Children in Fact and Fiction

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
February 10, 2016

Legends from around the world tell of children raised by wild animals including wolves, bears, and apes. 

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Poem: “The Bigfoot Bear”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 10, 2016

For the past few years, I have been intensely studying what I call “The Bigfoot Bear”—that is, any bear, especially if standing and even walking upright, that may be mistaken for a Bigfoot. Here I offer a poem on that subject (rather than an investigative report). It is written in a style I have developed, that I call improvisational rhyming. It is perhaps best appreciated when read aloud.

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Really Most Sincerely Dead

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 10, 2016

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

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump handily win the New Hampshire primary. Sanders becomes the first non-Christian to win a presidential primary. Trump is the first, uh, whatever he is to win a presidential primary [citation needed]. 

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Bizarro Vermont

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 09, 2016

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

My neighboring state of New Hampshire (or as one friend once referred to it, "Bizarro Vermont") is holding its sort-of-first-in-the-nation primary today, and you can almost feel the electricity and the excitem--- that's not true, it's just a regular cold day here in Maine. 

Good stuff: Point of Inquiry this week is all about the new chapter for CFI and the merger with the Dawkins Foundation, as Josh Zepps interviews both Ron Lindsay and our new boss Robyn Blumner

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The Work of CFI’s Office of Public Policy and Legal Department

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
February 08, 2016

Threats to fundamental human rights can take horrific and immediate forms, such as the campaigns of terror and murder by groups such as Boko Haram and ISIS. At the same time, human rights are also challenged, and often entirely erased, in ways that do not necessarily make the top of the evening news — and yet require a passionate and persistent response, and demand our fullest attention and energy.

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A Proper Villain

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 08, 2016

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

In The New York Times, Susan Jacoby argues that secularists must find ways to combine their powers and hold politicians accountable for their positions and their language, citing the CFI-RDFRS merger as a rare example of "a rare union of secular forces," and mentions Michael De Dora's efforts to build coalitions with non-secular groups. 

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Rev. Downs’ Elixir

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 05, 2016

Shown in the accompanying photograph, this 12-paneled aqua bottle (hand blown in a two-piece mold and measuring about 5 38’’ tall by  1 1316’’ diameter) is embossed “REV. N. H. DOWNS’ / VEGETABLE / BALSAMIC / ELIXIR.”

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Appetite for Mars

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 05, 2016

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

Bernie Sanders' religion or lack thereof is, surprisingly to me, a very hot topic of late. At Quartz, the most excellent Jennifer Michael Hecht (who notes that she leans toward Clinton) reflects on the broader importance of Sanders' secularism:

Sanders’ deeply humanist views make me think that he could turn out to be a good leader for our heterogeneous nation—both because he is brave enough to speak a new kind of truth about religion, and because he is motivated to do the right thing for its own sake. ... A candidate ready to admit that he is not a part of any religion, while respecting people whose beliefs differ from his own, might well be the person who can lead our fractured country toward trust and unity.

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