Atheism Times Infinity

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

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

Hemant is not so sure about AHA's choice of Barney Frank as "humanist of the year":

Barney Frank came out as an atheist only after he left office, and he did it in a passive manner on the segment of [Bill] Maher’s show that most of his viewers never even saw. For 32 years, Frank’s official religious affiliation was “Jewish,” but he kinda-sorta-wishy-washily came out as an atheist only after it was too late to have made a serious impact on society. 

The Economist reports, troublingly, that science as a discipline may be getting, well, sloppy:

Various factors contribute to the problem. Statistical mistakes are widespread. . . .

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Hitler and Satan Ruin Your Coffee

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

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

Point of Inquiry has a new team! Yesterday we announced two new hosts: Lindsay Beyerstein and Josh Zepps, and producer Joshua Billingsley. Completely awesome.

CFI-Michigan makes the news again with the Living without Religion campaign, this time hitting the Detroit Free Press and by extension USA TodayAnother piece from Calvin College's paper in Grand Rapids goes further into the mission of CFI. 

Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis considers our campaign, and seems to think we're in trouble...

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I Am Not Shake-and-Bake

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

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

The shutdown is over, but not before the House stenographer began shouting from the dais about how the Freemasons wrote the Constitution, who were "against God," and how "You cannot serve two masters."

The State Department's religious freedom ambassador, Suzan Johnson Cook, resigns.

The great Eye of Google maps the Galapagos.

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Tea Party Movement

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
October 17, 2013

 

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Bigfool Times

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
October 16, 2013

My article that presented the evidence for standing bears as the source for many Bigfoot sightings (Skeptical Inquirer Sept./Oct. 2013) was reasonable and respectful of other views. The response from Daniel Perez of Bigfoot Times was anything but—accusing me of dishonesty and stupidity. Perez got me in his sights (he thought) and squeezed off a few shots—shooting himself, well, in his big foot. It seems, for starters, that he did what he accused me of.

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One Big Buzzkill

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 16, 2013

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

Tibor Krausz at Killing the Buddha rants against what he sees as the pig-headed arrogance of his fellow atheists:

Any self-respecting nonbelievers should champion a rational view of the world where informed decisions are based on empirical evidence, progressive morality and simple common sense, yes. But they also ought to try and live up to the exacting ethical standards that Enlightenment values entail — or, for that matter, to standards of morality that several liberal schools of religious thought require of the faithful. 

Yesterday, CFI announced the winners of our Twitter contest for International Blasphemy Rights Day. Congrats to @SkepticalPoet, @marit_rogne, and @krow9768 (who also have real names).

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Malaysia v. Amazing Mumford

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 15, 2013

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

Bill Nye talks to the Tacoma News Tribune for a front-page interview about the CFI Summit

Q: How does the Center for Inquiry fit with your own beliefs?

A: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. We want everybody in the world to be aware of that message. … The Earth is round. The universe is not only expanding, it’s accelerating. … These are extraordinary things, and they can be proven. When someone says I can determine your personality by the date of your birth, that can be shown to be absolutely not true in any way.

At Discovery News, our own Ron Lindsay casts doubt on the recent Jesus-as-hoax claims:

The reality is we are unlikely ever to know the ‘facts’ about Jesus . . . On the one hand, we have many who will take things on faith, accepting some subset of the stories as unquestionably true. On the other hand, there are those who insist that Jesus is an invented figure, a myth or a hoax. I think both of these extremes are almost equally implausible. 

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Your Sense of Humor is Based on a Brain Limitation

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

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

Last week religious conservatives gathered for the Values Voters Summit, where among other things, Rand Paul decried a global war on Christianity, and Allen West took exception to CFI's Living without Religion ad campaign (video here, around the 12 minute mark or so):

When you look at the growth of secular humanism -- I was over at the McPherson Square Metro station just two days ago, and there was an advertisement that said "Millions of Americans are happy without religion." [sic] That may be true. But millions of Americans would not have enjoyed the freedoms and liberties if it weren't for people that had religion. [Crowd applauds.] 

I am officially scared of Blemmyae, and so were people of the Middle Ages, apparently. (They were scared of a lot of things.)

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iCloud Communion

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

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

I can't believe I missed this when it first hit the web: Malala Yousafzai goes on The Daily Show and humbles everyone.

Bill Nye, keynoter of the CFI Summit this month, is launching a non-dance-related web series with NASA on its Juno probe of Jupiter. 

Rabbis are kidnapping husbands who won't consent to divorce with their wives. 

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Nickell’s Skeptickles: Daffynitions A-Z

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
October 10, 2013

Here are some wacky definitions that skeptics may find amusing. (I am, of course, following the lead of Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary, 1911, originally published as The Cynic’s Word Book, 1906.)

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