Catholic-Atheist Dialogue—or Just a Soft Sell?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 11, 2013

I read The Morning Heresy. If I didn’t do that and watch the Colbert Report, I would never find out what’s happening.  So the other day, an item caught my eye: Leah Libresco announcing a new forum for Catholic-atheist dialogue

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Disavow the Holy Spirit, Get 10% Off

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 10, 2013

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

There's lots more reaction coming in regarding fake-psychic Sylvia Browne and her super-wrongness about Amanda Berry being, you know, not dead.

Joe Nickell, outraged over Browne's fake predictions, notes that it's not the first time she's been wrong in almost the exact same way. 

At Discovery News, Ben Radford looks at how psychics "play the odds" and are given enormous latitude . . .

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On mission drift, and the gap between theory and practice

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
May 09, 2013

Some thoughts on Greta Christina's recent blog post discussing the issue of whether it would be "mission drift" for atheist and skeptic organizations to engage in social justice activism.


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Another Sylvia Browne Failure

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 09, 2013

I cannot get over the horrific revelations in Cleveland where, for a decade, three girls—now young women—were held as sex slaves by a vicious sociopath. As I reflected on the case, however, I said to my wife Diana that once again “psychics” had failed to locate missing persons. Wouldn’t three victims in a single location have provided increased stimulus for the mystics’ touted powers?

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My Prediction of the Cleveland Abduction Situation, and the Tragic Failure of Psychics

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
May 09, 2013

In 2009 I predicted the recent Cleveland abduction situation, or one very much like it. 

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Skepticism and Religion

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
May 09, 2013

So the Skeptic "movement" really can't comment on what religion is all about, it seems. 

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The Tidy-Up God

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 09, 2013

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

Well here's a thing. Jessica Ahlquist just won herself a First Amendment Award. Oh, let me clarify: She's won the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award.

You can't make this stuff up: Three folks found guilty of breaking into a National Security Complex, including an 83-year-old nun:

The trio spent about two hours inside the Oak Ridge facility in July, cutting through fences to reach a facility known as the “Fort Knox of uranium.” Once there, they painted slogans, chipped off a part of a wall with hammers and splattered human blood on the exterior.

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Bigfoot School

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 08, 2013

Life is continuing education, and in that spirit I keep seeking new experiences, tutelage, and personas. I achieved all of these on Saturday, April 27, 2013, by becoming a Bigfoot School Graduate and receiving my handsome Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot School Diploma—signed by several of the field’s luminaries. It now has an honored place next to my Ph.D. diploma and various forensics certificates.

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The Most Dangerous of All Possible Delusions

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 08, 2013

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

Stop whatever you're doing. Like, don't even read the Heresy right now. Because Point of Inquiry has a special video edition this week with both hosts (swoon!) and! And! Guest Jared Diamond (double-swoon!), author of books like Guns, Germs, and Steel and The World Until Yesterday. Go now! Click! Watch!

Oh, Sylvia Browne. Being a fake psychic is not paying off like it used to. After determining with her magical mind powers that kidnap victim Amanda Berry was dead, Browne isn't talking to anyone about how her super-magic-brain could have been so entirely, ridiculously, and thankfully wrong.

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Does Spiraling Sex Abuse Mean Gender Integration in the Military Has Failed?

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
May 08, 2013

Usually when I blog here, I argue for something with great confidence and bluster. This time I'm just posing a question -- an uncomfortable question, but one that I'm amazed no one else seems to be asking. There's a vast sex abuse crisis in the U. S. military, with incident rates skyrocketing year to year. Might this mean that America's great experiment in creating a gender-neutral military has failed?

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