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

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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

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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

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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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How Not to Unexplain a UFO Debunking

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
June 04, 2012

A brief and enlightening exchange with a UFO believer over a skeptical analysis. 

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The Morning Heresy 6/4/12: So-Called Paintball Experts

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 04, 2012

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Ed Brayton speaks on behalf of CFI-Michigan against hospital's use of homeopathic and other nonscientific treatments 

Local news coverage (paywalled) on the CFI-Indiana billboard vandalism reports...

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The Morning Heresy 6/1/12: Jen McCreight, Call Your Lawyer

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 01, 2012

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The Religious Congregations & Membership Study looks at which states are the "most Christian," and the award goes to Utah (if you count Mormons and UUs who self-identify as Christian). Least Christian? Why, that'd be my adopted home, Maine!

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The Morning Heresy 5/31/12: As Long as it’s Blue

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 31, 2012

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It's true, a CFI Living without Religion billboard was defaced in Indiana. As far as I know, we don't know who did it or what their motivations were, though I presume the imagination reels.

CFI's Michael De Dora eviscerates the claims to morality made by Rep. Paul Ryan about his budget proposal, and the very notion religiously-motivated legislation

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