Comprehensive Broomstick Reform

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

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

Minnesota will soon be the 12th state to allow gay marriage. 

CSICOP.org starts a new column by Kyle Hill on what the real-world implications would be if some paranormal claims were true. To kick off: Magnet people -- how do they work? 

Guys! It's cool. The Catholic League says there is no sex abuse crisis. Whew! 

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The Point of Inquiry Weekly Wrap-up: Jared Diamond

by Point of Inquiry
May 14, 2013

Introducing the first installment of the Point of Inquiry Weekly Wrap-up! A look back at the best moments of our flagship podcast's latest episode. On last week's very special Point of Inquiry, co-hosts Chris Mooney and Indre Viskontas teamed up to interview Pulitzer prize-winning author and UCLA professor of geography Jared Diamond. 

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Bigfoot Legend, Bob Gimlin

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 13, 2013

When I attended Bigfoot School April 27 at Chautauqua Lake, New York, among the six signing my diploma was a man named Bob Gimlin, an 82-year-old horse trainer from Yakima Valley, Washington.

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Too Many Popes!

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

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

Apparently, some plants are communicating with each other. Call Peter Singer! (Or, as Ron Lindsay said in response on Twitter, "Clearly the only morally acceptable stance is to limit oneself to drinking Ensure.")

Too many saints! Pope Francis dubs literally hundreds of new saints from the "Martyrs of Otranto" - Italian Catholics beheaded in 1480 for refusing to convert to Islam.  

Ack! No wait! Too many popes! Francis, Ratzinger, and Egypt's Coptic Pope were all in the Vatican at once!

Last Friday, Ben Radford dished on the disaster that is fake-psychic Sylvia Browne on CKNW's Simi Sara Show (scroll to the bottom for the "Hour 2" section) and KIRO's Seattle's Morning News (I can't find a link, but trust me, I heard it, he was on).

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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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