The Morning Heresy 9/17/12: The Vast Chasm

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 17, 2012

Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

 

Most of the news today, folks, is about the protests and mob violence ostensibly in reaction to hurt religious feelings. A lot of the commentary is rather surprising, and much of it disappointing. 

Reacting to the spreading violence and unrest across the Muslim world, UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay says the right thing, and then the wrong thing, decrying violence as a response to religious offense, and then reminding us that those giving offense could be in legal trouble.

Read more… | 1 Comment

The Morning Heresy 9/14/12: Fatuous and Smug

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 14, 2012

Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

Businessweek looks at the prospects for atheist merchandising, and how business around the movement is evolving beyond tchotchkes.  

I interview friend-of-the-Heresy Sharon Hill on the topic of her CSICon presentation, and she offers me (and all of us) some very useful advice about conversing with the less-than-skeptical...

Read more…

Helping the Truth Get its Shoes On: Sharon Hill and the Long Slog of Skepticism

by Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director
September 13, 2012

Sharon Hill has been helping folks discern flim-flam from fact for going on two decades now, exposing “sciencey” sounding nonsense in all manner of formats. She’s a regular contributor to Skeptical Inquirer and the CSI website, she’s the impresario of Doubtful News, a one-stop shop for clarity in a very polluted media landscape, and she’s on the panel of the new Virtual Skeptics video podcast.

Inspired by her upcoming presentation at CSICon 2 in Nashville next month, CFI’s Paul Fidalgo talked to Sharon about what makes her tick, how we can process the implausible claims made in the modern news media, and how to talk about it with friends and family when they seem to be buying the hype.

Read more… | 2 Comments

Public Figures Who Lie About Sports Achievements

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
September 13, 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan recently lied about running a marathon in under 3 hours, but he's not the first to exaggerate sports achievements.

Read more… | 1 Comment

The Morning Heresy 9/13/12: More Pills Than There are Atoms in the Universe

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 13, 2012

Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

Things remain ugly amid the violence, protests, confusion, and absurd statements surrounding the events in Egypt, Libya, and now Yemen (oh, and Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia).

Foreign Policy has the background on the infamous tweet that made everyone think (including me) that the US government was beginning its response to the attacks with a condemnation of free speech. (It wasn't - the tweet from the US embassy in Egypt was written before the attacks and was meant as a diplomatic "cool your jets" message of sensitivity.) 

Read more… | 3 Comments

The Morning Heresy 9/12/12: Violence over Blasphemy in Egypt and Libya

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 12, 2012

Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

Our big story is the country's big story: Anger in Egypt over an American-made film by an Israeli-American real estate developer that purportedly "insults" Islam and the prophet Muhammed has erupted into violence and protests at the US Embassy in Egypt. This violence then spread to the US mission in Libya, where the ambassador there, J. Christopher Stevens, and three of his staffers were killed. This is the first death of a US envoy abroad in more than 20 years.

Read more…

Divisiveness Within the Secular Movement

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
September 12, 2012

Greta Christina and PZ Myers have recently suggested that is it not necessarily a bad thing to be divisive.  True, it is not necessarily a bad thing.  It depends on what one is separating oneself from. 

Read more… | 341 Comments

The Morning Heresy 9/11/12: Typically Ridiculous

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

Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

CFI's Debbie Goddard tells a heartfelt personal story to illustrate the need to take part in the Light the Night effort to fight cancer. 

At CSI, LaRae Meadows scores an interview with SETI founder Frank Drake, of the alien-life-predicting "Drake Equation" fame. 

Michael Nugent reports that Alexander Aan's prison sentence has been upheld despite appeals. 

Crommunist on the Atheism+ fracas, so well put in this small sentence fragment:

The fallout has been typically ridiculous. 

Read more…

The Morning Heresy 9/10/12: An Indistinct Heat Signature

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 10, 2012

Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

With Pat Robertson on hand, Mitt Romney falsely implies that President Obama wants to take the word "God" out of the Pledge and off the currency. If only! 

Hemant has a good post on where atheists ought to concentrate their electoral efforts

Sarah Posner highlights CFI boss Ron Lindsay's take on the religious kerfuffles of the party conventions.

Read more…

Trump Card

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
September 09, 2012


Read more… | 1 Comment

« First  <  125 126 127 128 129 >  Last »