The Journal of Folklore Research Reviews ‘Tracking the Chupacabra’

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
October 06, 2011

The Journal of Folklore Research, a peer-reviewed publication of the Folklore Institute at Indiana University, reviewed my recent book Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore. 

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No Justice Scalia

Hollywood Reality Check with Jim Underdown
October 05, 2011

A death-row inmate is denied an appeal because his attorneys had switched law firms. A letter the court sent to the inmate's lawyers' old firm is returned, and the deadline to file an appeal expires before they can respond.

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What is Secularism? Secularism is for everyone.

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
October 04, 2011

A handy guide to why we fight for secularism, for all the people.

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Happy International Blasphemy Rights Day

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
September 30, 2011

Happy International Blasphemy Rights Day! There are thousands of ways to commemorate this day—almost as many as there are prophets who have claimed the title of messenger from the gods.

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End the Silence: Join Us at the Reason Rally

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
September 29, 2011

The Reason Rally will take place on March 24, 2012 on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Here are some reasons you should join me and the thousands of other atheists, agnostics, and humanists who will be there.

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Irish “Spontaneous Human Combustion”? Blarney!

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
September 27, 2011

In a classic instance of faulty logic—what is known as "an argument from ignorance"—an Irish coroner has proclaimed "spontaneous combustion" as the cause of death of a 76-year-old man, Michael Faherty, whose body was found extremely burned at his home in Ballybane, Galway. Although his remains were found lying "with his head closest to an open fireplace," fire officers nevertheless concluded that that blaze was not involved! They did not explain how they had ruled out the obvious source of the ignition (BBC News Online, September 23, 2011).

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The Humanist Case against Capital Punishment

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
September 24, 2011

Humanism stands for a social ethics of equality, individual human rights, justice for everyone, and government that defend their citizens. Therefore, humanism cannot support the death penalty.

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Reaction to Faster Than Light Claims Expose Anti-Skeptic Myth

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
September 23, 2011

 The scientists and researchers who are skeptical of the new faster than light claims are not skeptical because accepting that Einstein was wrong about something would lead to a nervous breakdown, or that their whole worldview would crumble beneath them, or that they would have to accept that science doesn't know everything. The reason scientists are skeptical is because the new study contradicts all previous experiments. 

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International Blasphemy Rights Day 2011

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
September 22, 2011

So Mumtaz Qadri, the assassin of Salman Taseer, has confessed to the murder. We were hardly in suspense. Prior to his formal plea in court, Qadri had boasted of his killing Taseer. In the minds of many Pakistanis, he had reason to be proud—Taseer, the governor of Punjab province, had proposed changes to Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws. Allowing insults to Islam? Unimaginable. When Qadri was first brought before a court in January, he was showered with rose petals.

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“The Debt” (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
September 21, 2011

The Debt is a riveting thriller about Mossad secret agents David, Stefan, and Rachel, who are played—in scenes of 1966 and 1997—by two sets of actors.

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