The Inexorable Infinity of Death

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 08, 2014

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

Zora Neale Hurston, featured in our African Americans for Humanism campaign, got a Google Doodle yesterday

Sarah Pulliam Bailey looks at NYC's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, "perhaps the nation’s most visible 'none'." 

Extremely murky "strengths and weaknesses of science" education bill introduced in Virginia.

Kick back and read a paper from the Annals of Internal Medicine. Or just dig the line-in-the-sand title: "Enough Is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements"

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Corliss Lamont Sings

Access Points with Timothy Binga
January 07, 2014

While going through some of our audio/visual holdings, I discovered this piece of history that is held in only a few places: a vinyl LP titled Corliss Lamont Sings for His Family and Friends.

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Sit on the Lap of Satan

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 07, 2014

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

Since we all know abstinence-only sex ed doesn't work, let's stop funding it. Join this CFI action alert to support new legislation. 

Chris Emdin and Josh Zepps talk about shaking up education and making science accessible for students on the latest Point of Inquiry.

Hundreds of Bibles are seized in Malaysia for using the word "Allah" to refer to God. Or Yaweh. Or LORD. Or whatever. 

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Words Almost Fail

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 06, 2014

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

Tom Flynn thinks the Nye/Ham debate is a dubious prospect, but, "Nye will be going into a battle of wits against an unarmed opponent, and the proceedings are bound to be astounding to watch." 

Ben Radford weighs in on the same: "CNN would be widely ridiculed if they invited a member of the Flat Earth Society to debate astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson about whether our planet is round."  

The Onion hits atheists pretty hard. Fair or not, it's funny! 

Jenny McCarthy says her son never had autism, except she'd said it four years ago, except no, she never said it. Are we done now?

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“Philomena”: A Nickell-odeon Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 06, 2014

Judi Dench is wonderful in the title role of Philomena Lee, a real woman who spent half a century searching for the out-of-wedlock son she had been forced to give up.

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Nye/Ham Debate Probably a Bad Idea, but I’d Love to Be There for It

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
January 03, 2014

Planetary Society director and forever "Science Guy" Bill Nye has apparently agreed to debate young-earth creationist Ken Ham on February 4th at Ham's sprawling Creation Museum in northern Kentucky. At least Ham says so on his website, and I haven't seen a denial from the Nye camp yet. Opinions are mixed on this, and mine are too -- there's a very real risk that Nye will shine a fresh spotlight on a fading evangelist whose museum has lately been grasping at straws to keep its attendance numbers up. But it's sure to make for great theater.

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Suffering from an Inherent Paradox

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 03, 2014

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

Science Friday aired a 1996 interview with Carl Sagan over the holiday, and it's just great. 

As he gets set to leave his position as head of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the group primarily responsible for pushing anti-blasphemy resolutions at the UN, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu says OIC states should maybe consider being a little easier on non-Muslims. Hey thanks. 

Mother Jones profiles Bill Nye (where we learn that President Obama "lights up when he sees Bill"), and meanwhile, Bill agrees to debate Answers in Genesis's Ken Ham on creationism and evolution on February 4, which I think a lot of folks have mixed feelings about. 

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Lessons From The Central Park Five: The Tragedy of False Accusations

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
January 02, 2014

In the newest installment of my occasional series Skeptical Cinema, I examine the recent documentary about false accusations and a miscarriage of justice in an infamous Central Park assault.

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The Parents Are Becoming Very Upset

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 02, 2014

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

Welcome to yet another jaunt around the Sun, folks.

The New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert looks at the life and work of Georges Cuvier, who pioneered the study of species extinction, though rejected early concepts of evolution. It's for subscribers only, but my wife read it in print, which apparently is notextinct. 

Benjamin Bratton at The Guardian worries over TED talks becoming “middlebrow megachurch infotainment.” 

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Martin Gardner Papers

Access Points with Timothy Binga
December 31, 2013

Here at the Center for Inquiry Libraries, we are lucky enough to own some very interesting materials from famous skeptics, scientists, and scholars. One of the most important collections relating to both skepticism and the history of the skeptical movement are the papers of Martin Gardner.

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