Mermaid Body Found?

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
July 24, 2012

Has the body of an actual mermaid been discovered? Well, no, but that very idea was launched by an Animal Planet “documentary” that proved to be a crockumentary—in this case a fictional story offered in the realistic style of The Blair Witch Project (1999).

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The Morning Heresy 7/24/12: If You Don’t Read This, You’re Hitler

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 24, 2012

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Bye bye, Sally Ride (1951-2012).

Greta Christina has some words for Mitt Romney in response to his praise of Dr. Ride. 

CFI boss Ron Lindsay explores how one's politics are (and are not) informed by humanism in the latest Free Inquiry

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The Morning Heresy 7/23/12: Pray Away the Guns

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 23, 2012

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CFI's chief Ron Lindsay released a statement on Friday on the Aurora shooting.

CSI's Ben Radford picks apart the notion that the Batman movie was somehow responsible for the violence. 

Usually-risible Texas congressman Louis Gohmert says the shooting happened because the country doesn't place enough value in God. Hemant asks: "Who votes for someone like that?"   

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Being an Agnostic Isn’t so Simple Anymore

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
July 20, 2012

Are there really two kinds of agnostics amongst us?

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Real-Life ‘Dark Night’: Did Batman Inspire Killings?

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
July 20, 2012

A mass shooting at the premiere of the new Batman film has cast a pall on the franchise and raised questions about media-inspired violence.

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The Morning Heresy 7/20/12: Meatheads

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 20, 2012

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Kimberly Winston covers CFI's efforts on behalf of Alexander Aan, here in the Washington Post. We're hoping that this kind of mainstream media coverage helps inspire more people outside of our own movement to take part. We're over 3500 signatures now. Please keep this ball in the air, keep sharing the link with folks even outside the skepto-atheosphere.

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The Morning Heresy 7/19/12: Keeping Your Powder Dry

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 19, 2012

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As of this moment, we have over 2700 signatures in our petition to the White House for Alexander Aan, and we must make it to 25,000 by August 16! My personal thanks to all those who have blogged, tweeted, facebooked, emailed, and pestered their friends and social network connections to sign. We still have a ways to go, so we need to keep pushing so we can attain a snowball effect. PZ commands you!  

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Praying for Rain? Really, Secretary Vilsack?

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
July 19, 2012

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack told reporters at the White House that he is praying for rain to end the drought parching 61 percent of the United States. But it sends the wrong message to distraught farmers when the Agriculture Secretary suggests that the best response is to pray.

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Science, the New Age, and the Search for Truth

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
July 18, 2012

Good science is universal. Properly controlled scientific experiments should yield the same results regardless of who is doing the testing. Male or female, British or Turkish, young or old, Muslim or Jew, it doesn't matter. Science's universality is one of its greatest attributes. Much pseudoscience and the paranormal, by contrast, is individual and idiosyncratic.

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High-Wire King Claims the Falls

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
July 18, 2012

During the night of June 15, 2012, I watched Nik Wallenda, of the famous Wallenda acrobatic family, become the only person ever to walk a high-wire across Niagara Falls. (Other funambulists, beginning with the Great Blondin in 1859, traversed the gorge a mile or so downstream.) Wallenda—a man of impressive daring and discipline—is a fascination to me, especially since I have acrophobia. (I don’t even like being this tall!)

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