Can We Drop “Balls”?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
June 11, 2012

Many people, including many skeptics, atheists, and humanists, use the term “balls” or its myriad equivalents as a metaphor for courage, determination, resolve or similar attributes.  I suggest we should stop using such terms, for a pretty obvious reason: one doesn’t need testicles to be courageous, determined, or resolute.

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You Might Be An Atheist

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
June 11, 2012

It's easier than ever to admit what you have been thinking all along.

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The Morning Heresy 6/11/12: Worse than Useless

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 11, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Must-read for science-loving secu-skepties at the New Yorker: Why the hell do we have so much trouble accepting science? Un-learning:

. . . science education is not simply a matter of learning new theories. Rather, it also requires that students unlearn their instincts, shedding false beliefs the way a snake sheds its old skin.

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The Morning Heresy 6/8/12: The Garden of Your Mind

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 08, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

First things: Kylie Sturgess posts your must-view video of the day, a love note to all the trolls and haters out there. Now, it's NSFW, but it's delightful and you need it running through your head as your go about your day. So if you're at the office, put on some headphones and maybe crouch really close to your display. Ready? Aaaaaaaaand CLICK!

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Stargazing: The Transit of Venus

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 07, 2012

As a stargazer (a lighthearted term), I have often looked at the heavens—as in my personas of poet, skeptical UFOlogist, even miracle claims investigator, or often, simply as one interested in the real world that science best explains. As a boy I was taken by my uncle Charlie Cunard to the University of Kentucky observatory to see Mars. Over the years I have witnessed solar and lunar eclipses, Perseid meteor showers, and many other celestial events, both with and without telescopes. (Once, at Conyers, Georgia, where “sun miracles” were being reported, I looked in vain for one, working with Georgia Skeptics who had set up a telescope equipped with a solar filter.)

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The Morning Heresy 6/7/12: Meme Abuse

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 07, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Now look. I know there is a lot of debate going on in the skepto-atheosphere, much of it very necessary (and some of it very much not). And that's fine. That's what we do. We make assertions, we question, we argue, and sometimes things get heated or personal. It's hard to avoid, because as rational as we aspire to be, we are still human. But to my mind, one aspect of all this arguing (much of it going on within the Freethought Blogs network, much of it on Twitter) has crossed a line. A dangerous one. 

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The Morning Heresy 6/6/12: No Archaeopteryx Allowed

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 06, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

So last night was interesting. Both in orbit around the Sun and in the voting booths of Wisconsin, two entirely predictable things happened that were also kind of stunning. Greg Laden is hopping mad about one of them (the one not about Earth's sister planet), and Kylie Sturgess was hopping excited about the other (the one not about union-related political tumult).

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Coming Out: Gay vs. Atheist

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
June 06, 2012

June is LGBT Pride Month. And the LGBT movement can take pride in many accomplishments. In the space of a few decades, gays have moved from being pariahs and criminals to being generally accepted in many parts of the U.S. The transformation in the political, legal, and social landscape has been nothing short of astonishing.

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“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 05, 2012

If you are not a senior citizen and plan never to become one, perhaps you could skip The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. But I wouldn’t recommend doing so.

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The Morning Heresy 6/5/12: Damn You, Sling King

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 05, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Our spies on the ground in Indiana tell us that the weapon used to deface our billboard may have been this ridiculous contraption, the Sling King

Will Gervais talks about his research on the relationship between (the lack of) critical thinking and religiosity on the latest Point of Inquiry

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