Scanning Loch Ness

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
April 10, 2012

From March 14 to 17, 2012, I explored Scotland’s Loch Ness with British skeptic and investigator Hayley Stevens and her intrepid father, Andy (a professional driver and talented photographer). We took a sonar-equipped boat across the lake to Urquhart Castle, noting depths of up to 750 feet, and I bagged one of the fabled creatures—in the accompanying poem.

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The Morning Heresy 4/10/12: Ralph Reed, Friend to Atheists

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

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

CNN: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) says there is probably no such thing as atheists because we have "in God we trust" on our money. I don't understand the rest of what he said, either.

Ironically, Ralph Reed gives the far more generous take on atheists' chances and qualifications for serving in public office 

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The Morning Heresy 4/9/12: Assimilate This

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 09, 2012

Here's hoping you survived the spookiest holiday of them all this weekend. Speaking of which, Easter brought about some interesting opining in the media on attitudes toward religion, and the Sunday shows did their usual parading of a bunch of religious pundits to talk about faith and whatnot. Let's have a look.

 

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Don’t Bother Praying Before That Exam

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
April 07, 2012

Praying for help with tests is even more useless than supposed.

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Why Seculars Still Don’t Sing: response to James Croft

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
April 06, 2012

James Croft (http://harvardhumanist.org/2012/04/06/why-seculars-sing-a-response-to-tom-flynn/) offers a thoughtful and provocative critique of my Free Inquiry op-ed on humanist ritual (“Why Seculars Don’t Sing,” April/May 2012, http://www.secularhumanism.org/index.php?section=fi&page=flynn_32_3). As frequently happens when religious and secular humanists engage in debate, the ground on which the disputants – to say nothing of the spectators – stand quickly becomes mushy. Herewith, my unconscionably lengthy response.

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The Morning Heresy 4/6/12: Holy Vodka

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 06, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

CFI's Office of Public Policy tells Health and Human Services not to require acupuncture be covered by insurance

By the way, we know many of you disagree with this position, and have been telling us so. We welcome the debate and discussion -- just don't poke us with anything sharp 

CFI-Indiana's Reba Wooden talks to local radio station WFHB about (award-winning) "Living without Religion" billboard

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CFI to HHS: Don’t Force Insurers to Pay for Acupuncture

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
April 05, 2012

The Center for Inquiry today wrote to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking her to reject lobbying efforts to require health insurance providers and organizations to cover acupuncture.

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The Morning Heresy 4/5/12: Put-Upon Pups

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 05, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Anne Klaeysen of the New York Society for Ethical Culture in NYT disses "In God We Trust" on currency

Austin Dacey and Pamela Takiff hold a discussion on blasphemy at the UN

RNS: President Obama delivers "mini-sermon" for Easter prayer breakfast, because that's totally the president's job

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The Morning Heresy 4/4/12: It Burns!

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

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Michael De Dora blogs: Vast majority of voters, including Republicans, want a science-focused presidential debate

Greta Christina really, really wants you to go to the "barn-burner" that will be Women in Secularism Conference -- and so do we! 

Trump is now anti-vax (is that bad or good?)

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Most likely voters—even religious—want presidential debate on science

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
April 03, 2012

An overwhelming majority of likely voters want American presidential candidates to debate major science-related issues, and believe such a debate is more important than one on the candidates' faith and values, according to a new national public opinion poll commissioned by ScienceDebate.org.

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