Faking the Fake

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 21, 2013

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

This has to be a short one, folks, as I'm about to get on a plane for CFI's Branch Leaders' conference. A super-secret cabal of godless masterminds, bent on, um, I think playing Dungeons & Dragons or something. With snacks. To the (very brief) news! 

Oh snap, guys, look at this! Skeptical Inquirer can now be gotten digitally! Here's the link to the Apple iOS Newsstand version!  

Ben Radford has a super-cool piece in Skeptical Inquirer on his sleuthing out a pseudoscientific plagiarizer

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Tracking the Chupacabra: The Wikipedia Page!

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
June 20, 2013

My book solving the chupacabra mystery now has its own Wikipedia page!

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Absolutely. Sure. Possible. Unlikely.

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 20, 2013

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

I've been on "vacation." If you've ever travelled with two small children, you know why the quotation marks are there. 

Lauren and Ed did a fantastic job keeping up the Heresy while I was away, and I can't thank them enough. I mean, I didn't read it or anything, but I'm presuming.  

Alan Chambers of Exodus International, a pray-the-gay-away ministry, apologizes for all he's done...

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Atheist Mythology

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
June 19, 2013

What would anthropologists discover after studying this odd tribe?

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How bad could atheist grandma be?

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 19, 2013

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

Paul is on his way home from his "vacation" and will be back at the helm tomorrow. Today, we bring you one last Heresy from Guest Heretics Lauren Becker and Ed Beck. 

It's mid-week and the perfect time for some good news!

It's a start: Scores of Catholic colleges and universities now offer some sort of programming, counseling opportunities, or student groups geared specifically for LGBT students.

Paul Offit’s new book, Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, is getting some great coverage. Gonna have to go buy this one. 

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The Nativity of Yeezus

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 18, 2013

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

Paul is still off exploring the Windy City, he's set to return on the 20th. Maybe we'll even let him have is blog back! Until then, your Guest Heretics remain CFI's Director of Marketing Lauren Becker and Senior Policy Analyst Ed Beck. Now, by the grace of Yeezus, the news:

In honor of Yeezus' arrival, a handy timeline of blasphemy in popular music.

Kenan Malik examines pluralism, offense, and freedom: You can't have one without the others:

To defend the right to give offence, in other words, is not merely to defend free speech. It is also to defend diversity in its true sense. If we want the pleasures of pluralism, we have to accept the pain of being offended.

Never get lost on a road trip again with this fascinating 3D map of the entire known universe.

A New Hampshire court struck down yet another Rube Goldberg school "neo-voucher" machine that aimed to divert public tax dollars to sectarian religious schools. 

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The Point of Inquiry Weekly Wrap-up: Daniel Dennett

by Point of Inquiry
June 17, 2013

A look back at the last Point of Inquiry featuring guest Daniel Dennett.

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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! 

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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.

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“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.

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