Too Ridiculous for Words

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 17, 2013

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

Paul is off on something called a "vacation," but we are starting to suspect he's really "bonding with Sasquatch." He'll return on the 20th. Until then, your Guest Heretics are CFI's Director of Marketing Lauren Becker and Senior Policy Analyst Ed Beck. Now to the news!

If you're like me, a good weekend can sometimes leave you struggling on Monday morning to summon the energy to be really concerned about rights and wrongs. Fortunately (?) there is much in the news to wake you up today.

First up, we celebrate a happy 50th anniversary for Ellery Schempp and the landmark case that removed official prayers from public schools. Thanks, Ellery! 

Read more… | 2 Comments

Defamation—In Space!

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 14, 2013

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

Paul is off on something called a "vacation." He'll return on the 20th (we're skeptical). Until then, your Guest Heretics are CFI's Senior Policy Analyst Ed Beck and Director of Marketing Lauren Becker. Any and all bad puns are property of Paul.

From the land of dropbears, the question: Should pseudoscience be tolerated in a democracy?

Missing socks: found?

Science, our sense of wonder, and the parts of physics that—let's admit—are basically voodoo.

Read more…

“Haunted” Country Store

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 14, 2013

In a little store in the village of Clarence, New York, items tumble from shelves, pictures fall from walls, and the front door mysteriously opens, while from upstairs come the sounds of eerie footsteps and moving furniture. Previously a candle shop, its employees reportedly believed ghosts were to blame.

Read more…

The Littlest Freethinker

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 13, 2013

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

Paul is off testing his skepticism by driving into a Derecho. He'll return on the 20th. Until then, the Guest Heretics are Ed Beck and Lauren Becker. Now, on to the news!

Think of the children! A lot of today's news relates to young people in some highly encouraging and also disturbing ways.

In Philadelphia, a faith-healing couple accused of murder must stand trial for the death of their infant son. 

Relatedly, what should we do with parents who deny vaccines to their children? What if they're a Kennedy?

A Florida school district is trying to protect their children - from The Truth. Bible? Yes. Ingersoll? No. Harris, Warraq, Hitchens, Dawkins, O'Hare? No. This is going to be fun. 

Read more…

Announcing “The Science of Miracles”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 12, 2013

In case you haven’t heard, my new book—The Science of Miracles: Investigating the Incredible (Prometheus 2013—is out. The BBC’s magazine Focus has already honored it as its science-book-of-the-month for June. Here is what some distinguished people have said about it:

Read more… | 1 Comment

It is Actually Hollow

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 12, 2013

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

I, your Official Morning Heretic™, will be going on vacation after today, and returning June 20th. During that time, the Heresy will be in the capable hands of Lauren Becker, our director of marketing, and Ed Beck, who, um, I don't know what his job is.* The similarity of their surnames is entirely coincidental. Please go easy on them. On to the news. 

NYT on the public slaying of teenager Muhammad al-Qatta in Syria after he allegedly said something flip about the prophet:

Muhammad’s killing . . . focused anger on hard-line Islamists, including foreigners, some of whom have seized on the conflict in Syria as an opportunity to impose their mores. For Muhammad’s mother and some her neighbors, the tyrannies were indistinguishable, trapping many Syrians in a vise. 

Texas Christian University gives the green light to a campus atheist group. 

Read more… | 2 Comments

No, YOU Stick Needles in That Tiger.

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 11, 2013

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

Sam Harris warns of the dangers inherent in "ecstatic" religion, an understanding culled from his own experiences, and how Muslims' deep belief in the "truth" of their faith is widely underestimated: "The notion that no one believes in Paradise is far crazier than a belief in Paradise."

The administration is allowing Plan B to be available over the counter for women of any age. 

Want to be more inclusive of women with your evil, godless, War-on-Christmas group? CFI's Sarah Kaiser has some tips

Read more… | 2 Comments

The Point of Inquiry Weekly Wrap-up: Stephan Lewandosky

by Point of Inquiry
June 10, 2013

A look back at last week's Point of Inquiry episode with Stephan Lewondosky.

Read more…

Jesus is Nuclear Glue

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

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

Shafiq at the Islamic Society at Leeds University Union says animosity towards Islam "will continue to be justified" until moderates deal with the fact that "we're over-represented in the crazy department."  

France bans a rally by a right-wing group that was to celebrate the victory of a Christian army in the year 721 over Muslims in Toulouse.

Ben Radford looks askance at one woman's experiment with living only on sunlight and water...

Read more…

Zimbabwean Underpants Gnomes

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 07, 2013

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

Well, this had to happen eventually, didn't it? My hero, Thomas Dolby, performs "She Blinded Me with Science" with a little help from Buzz-Freaking-Aldrin.

Carrie Poppy ventures into a building blueprinted by aliens ("The building is a huge boob. The nipple is open to the sunlight and fresh air.") to take a sleepy sound bath.  

Sally Quinn comes down hard on the Boy Scouts -- despite their new openness to gay youth -- for forcing atheists and gay scouts over 18 to "live a lie." 

Read more… | 3 Comments

« First  <  129 130 131 132 133 >  Last »