Why ‘Faith’ and ‘Hope’ Are Vastly Overrated

The Outer Limits with Stephen Law
June 23, 2016

'Faith' and 'hope' are feel-good words with a built-in rosy glow. People who have faith and hope are held up for our admiration and emulation. We are encouraged to be like them - to believe that, ultimately, all will be well. But don't place faith and hope at the top of your list of virtues, and be very wary of those who say you should.

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It’s Going to Be Worse

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 22, 2016

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Yesterday we announced a big change to our membership program, a change that makes things way easier and more, like, cosmic. Marc Kreidler from our web team made this awesome graphic which really justifies the whole thing. 

Naga Munchetty of BBC's Sunday Morning Live interviews Richard Dawkins (who's looking so much better) about how he came to reject religion, the means by which he criticizes belief, and mortality. Also of note: Dawkins was serious about not matching his socks. #revolution

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A Skeptical Look at “The Conjuring 2”

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
June 21, 2016

A skeptical look at the new horror film "The Conjuring 2," ripped from the "real life" case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren.

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The Other Social Justice

by David R. Koepsell
June 21, 2016

How have shunning and ostracism been historically employed to deal with correcting social behaviors not covered by law, and what are some of their dangers, advantages, and limits?

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Angry Canadians

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 21, 2016

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James Randi wants you to come to CSICon 2016, so much so that he's singing

On Point of Inquiry, Lindsay Beyerstein talks to Michelle Vines about the experience of growing up with undiagnosed Asperger's syndrome, and discovering it as an adult...

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‘That may be true for you, but it’s not true for me!’ - chapter from my book, “The Philosophy Gym”

The Outer Limits with Stephen Law
June 21, 2016

According to the relativist, people who speak simply of what’s ‘true’ are naïve. ‘Whose truth?’ asks the relativist. ‘No claim is ever true, period. What’s true is always true for someone. It’s true relative to a particular person or culture. There’s no such thing as the absolute truth on any issue.

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Ring Ding

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

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One of the men suspected of having killed Avijit Roy last year, one "Shariful," is killed in a gunfight with police.

Following the Brock Turner case, CFI President Ron Lindsay considers what punishment is actually sufficient for sexual assault, and concludes that Judge Persky was indeed too lenient...

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What Is the Proper Punishment for Sexual Assault?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
June 19, 2016

Before we decide what the proper sentence is in a particular criminal case, we should be able to explain what purpose the punishment serves.

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Vancouver’s “Haunted” Old Spaghetti Factory

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 17, 2016

The Old Spaghetti Factory in Gastown—Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood—is reportedly a very haunted place, but you couldn’t prove it by me (see photo). The popular eatery, which opened in 1970 in a former grocery wholesalers at 53 Water Street, houses an old trolley car and assorted other artifacts and antiques. It is also, reportedly, home to no fewer than four ghosts, one that of the old tram conductor himself.

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Fishy Citations

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 17, 2016

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There's just a lot of awful things in the news today, there's no way around it. I'll have funnier stuff down below, but I gotta tell you guys, sometimes this link-blog thing isn't the light, fun endeavor you'd want it to be. I'll just put the awful stuff up first, rip the band-aid off...

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